I decided to do a fishless cycle, so I dosed the tank up to 4 ppm
this morning. I do have some residual bacteria in my filters so I'm hoping this won't take as long as starting from scratch. I've heated the tank up to 80F to get the process moving along. Once the tank is cycled, I plan to gradually reduce the temp to room temp, which is around 72F. I'm assuming the nitrifying bacteria will adjust.
I'm so excited about getting my goldfish! I'll be working on finding a good breeder somewhere in NC during the next few weeks while I'm waiting on my tank to be ready. I've added some plants already so they can get a chance to root. So far I've planted an amazon sword, a few green crypts, Anacharis, and some bulbs just for fun. Since my substrate is black sand, I added some root tabs and I'm dosing a little Excel. Could the root tabs be an issue for goldfish? They will eventually dissolve in the sand, but I wonder if that could be harmful since they are sifters.
Any thoughts and opinions welcome!