Originally Posted by Justin83
ahh gotya i will be working on pics i also am embarrassed to say i jumped the gun now that i have seen the thread in homedog's sig.. my tank came with a very large pleco which has been repossessed by his previous owner myi 2 yr old son had allready seen the tank with the pleco it and so i was not going to let him come home to a empty tank.. now mind theyou this tank was in horrible shape the previous owner allready admitted to me that he has not cleaned the tank in over a year (yuck) so everything was a lovly shade of green .. so i washed the entire tank and cleaned all the gravel and filled it with water let it sit for 3 to 4 hours to attain room temp which also happend to be a balmy 75F and when to the local wally world and picked up 4 fish and brought them home now im afraid they might not last very long
Walmart is also usually a very bad place to buy as well. Their stock is normally in very bad condition.
You're looking at daily water changes. Do you have a test kit? I recommend the API liquid master test kit.
Strips are notoriously inaccurate.
The ideal test results are:
Ammonia and nitrite will be okay up to .25 ppm
, but zero is best. Nitrates can go up to forty before becoming worrisome, but most prefer to keep it below twenty.