Well, I'm dumb and bought some stuff BEFORE doing research, which I hardly ever do, but I did. Anyways, I have a 3 gallon tank with a black moor which I think will eventually have to go into a larger tank. I'll probably get a 10 gallon for him and cycle the tank before putting him in this time. He's in my bedroom. I also bought a 20 gallon for the living room, but I've yet to put anything in it.
My poor black moor has been with me for a few days only and already I've noticed I've had to be very vigilant with water changes to try to keep the ammonium down.
The 20 gallon is going to be cycled properly with store bought ammonium and daily testing.... just as soon as I can actually find some without surfactants in it.
Speaking of that, I found and bought a bottle of ammonium at a hardware store that didn't list ingredients, but doesn't foam when I shake it. Can I be sure it's OK? It only says "no phosphates" but I don't know that all or any surfactants are phosphates anyways. Otherwise it's free from dyes and perfumes. I don't know that the newbie thread is the place for answers so I may post a new thread in another part of the forum if it's more appropriate.
Thanks and hello everyone.