Calling on the Fancy obsessed............ I have recently set up my first large tank. For me large is a 55 gallon long. My three fancies new zen paradise. I have been fish keeping for about four years now. I really have been flying by the seat of my pants for the most part. My saving grace I think with my goldfish has been that I keep up on water changes. Well I am fish grown up now....and want to try and do it all by the books. I even converted to the API liquid test kit last week. With that said I have read all the fish less cycling articles but.................I know my personality and am still going to need some talking through with it all. I am hoping for advice and suggestions.
I set the tank up on March 20 th.
Lets talk filters here first..........Currently The new 55gallon tank is set up to fish less cycle with an Emperor 400 (says for up to 90 gallons). My current 29gallon has a penguin 200. When the 55 is ready I plan on adding the penguin 200 to it as well. Will this be adequate filtration for this new set up? I just don't want it to be ok. I want it to do the job well. The new tank will probably be stocked with a total of four fancies is all. My only concern is producing too much current for them in the tank.
What I have added so far................................
The substrate is large sized gravel mostly marble sized since I know goldies are choking prone. I know many goldfish keepers prefer bare bottom but I personally don't care for the look of it. My tank is a main focal point in my living room. I also added a large air stone in the corner and a bubble wand in the center of the tank. Would you suggest more or less? My concern is not to create too stimulating of an environment between the two filters and the air stones.
OK now for the overly discussed beaten to death topic of cycling................
As I said I am doing a fish less cycle. It took me three days of dosing ammonia to get it 4ppm. I was afraid of putting in too much so I did it a few cap full s at a time over a two day period accompanied with a pinch or two of ground up flakes. By Wednesday night the 21 st I was at 4 ppm
. Have I read and understand correctly that now I am at the point where I just sit and wait for the ammonia to start dropping? I figures that on the 28th I would start testing for nitrites. Am I on the right track so far? (Please humor me I need the encouragement)
Well thats it for now........Thank you in advance..............