When I set up my first tank. I listened to the LFS
. Should be enough said lol.
I knew the tank needed to cycle was told to set it up run it for a week with no fish then bring my water in for a test. Thats what I did. The test showed that my Ph was high 8.2. LFS
recommended this white powder stuff perfect ph wow a fix in a bottle. I bought this $14 bottle of fix it went home and measured out the amount needed for my tank dumped it in. The tank looked like it had milk in it. I watched it for a couple days the milk never thinned out never setteled and the Ph never dropped.
While I was waiting for this cloud to settle I started researching what fish I wanted. I found this forum in many many searches while researching. I found alot of mistakes I made and number one was the milk cloud that was likely to never clear.
I tore down the tank completly cleaned everything. Set it back up and started a fish in cycle.
I was complely thru my cycle before I joined this forum but was here multiple times a day for a long time reading about different things I needed to do following advice here and now I have learned soo soo much and still learn new things almost daily when I now give advice from the knowledge I gained here.