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  1. Introduce Yourself
    My name is Ruben, I'm 49 years old and just got back to the fishkeeping hobby since I had almost 29 years back a fish tank in Cuba with a lot of fish and every body was happy and live together with no problem at all. But now I have a 75 gallon freshwater tank and start reading about some fish...
  2. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    So I set up my tank about a week or so ago. I know my tap water has naturally occurring levels of ammonia in it, about .3 mg/L. There are no fish currently My levels read: .25-.5 ppm ammonia .25-.5 ppm nitrite 1-5 ppm nitrate (hard to tell color) So my tank is going through somewhat of a...
  3. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    I am planning to start a 30 gallon tank. I will speed up the cycling process with live plants, some old filter media, and mix in sand from my established tank. I will cycle the tank using two mollies and also some shrimp for algae control. So, the question: The rule is that you should only add...
  4. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Hi this is my first post so hopefully I'm not asking something that's already been answered. I have been cycling a 55 gal tank for a little over a month now and everything seemed to be going ok, I am using 8 cherry barbs and 1 small plant. The ammonia went up, then came down as the nitrite went...
  5. Beginner Freshwater Aquarium
    Ok so I have been cycling my 36 gallon tank without fish by using flakes, but it has been 3 weeks and without any success I have decided to try using pure ammonia to cycle. I am not sure if I can just add in the ammonia (at the moment, my ammonia level is only at .05ppm) or do I need to...
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