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I have a question about my 29 gallon tank cycling. I put 3 clown loaches in on Tuesday night (4-16). I have tested the water every 24 hours for the last 5 days (tonight will be day 6). I have the API freshwater master test kit. Every reading has been the same.

pH 7.4
ammonia .50 ppm
nitrite 0
nitrate 0

Is this normal? I have 11 live plants so maybe they are taking the ammonia but i have no nitrite or nitrate. Is the tank cycling? Am i just being impatient? Please let me know if this is normal or not. Thanks.
 

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Yes, I will be returning the loaches soon. They were poorly recommended by my LFS. I have 4 corkscrew Vals, 3 java ferns, 2 hornwort, and 2 sword plants but not sure what kind. "Assorted swords" according to Petco. Water sprite will be here Friday. I plan on 8 glass catfish, 8-10 neon tetra and 8-10 lemon tetra or harlequin rasbora and possibly Kuhli loaches or Cory's for the bottom.

If I do not ever see nitrites, when is it safe to add more fish? When I start seeing nitrates and zero ammonia?

Also, I have not done any water changes yet. Should I be?
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