Being so new to SW
, I honestly didn't even know that there was any other way to cycle the tank until very recently. I read a couple of books and talked to some people at an aquarium specialty store. I was actually told, "people cycle tanks with damsels," so that's what I decided to do. I have 4. The real goal of this current setup is to develop my skills until I move to a new home (within the next 2 years) which will allow the space for a larger aquarium.
ammonia 0.50 (just started to rise)
I had assumed that the nitrogen levels beginning to rise was part of the "normal" cycling process.
I really don't forsee myself keeping anything more than the few damsels I have at present considering my goals for this tank.
What do ya'll think I should do about my itching fish? Is this Ick? Velvet?
Last night none of the fish ate (they were previously all excellent eaters). They were all hugging close to the tank decorations and not swimming at all (previously they'd dart all over the tank). This morning two ate and two seemed intersted but did not eat. They are all swimming better today. I think maybe they're "breathing" (whats the word for what they do?) faster than usual today, but I'm not really sure.
Thanks again. Looking forward to your feedback.