Thanks Hholly for the post! I am going to follow those guidelines as well. It's nice to know that you had success with it, only makes me more optimistic!
Mumma.of.two - the more I look at my fish wishlist, the more I am loving it. Went and saw the GBR again today, wanted to take them home! haha. I actually was looking at a few gourami today, funny that you mention them. I agree with adding the GBR last as well. The guy at my LFS
said that I should get 1M and 2F. Any thoughts on this?
A little update. Went to my LFS
and purchased two 20lb bags of FloraMax to add with my gravel, so my substrate is a 50/50 mixture. I purchased a nice piece of driftwood, and just ordered a beautiful medium sized branchy piece as well (hope it isn't too big). I bought a Coralife 50/50 bulb to replace my current stock bulb which came with the kit. I also purchased another filter which is made for tanks up to 20 gallons.
I couldn't find pure ammonia today, will have to check other places. Since I do not have the ammonia right now to begin my cycle, is it okay that I simply leave tap water in my tank with my heater/filters running? I did not even bother to add any dechlorinator yet. I plan to add it once I get the pure ammonia. However, I have 3 Jungle Val in my tank right now. Will tap water kill them? Also, any negative drawbacks to this? Should I add the dechlorinator now even though I will not begin the fishless cycle?
Thanks for your inputs!