Originally Posted by Greg5530
Ok so I should keep testing and wait until the nitrites disappear in to nitrates and then just keep doing water changes or do like one big water change. And also what is the best way to actually do a water change again I'm new to this and never even done any water change since I filled the tank.
This link shows you what we use to siphon the water out to do water changes. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&r...iw=980&bih=588
You'll also want to pick up a clean 5 gallon bucket to drain enough water into to swish your filter into. This will save your bacteria and not kill and wash it away.
Now for dosing it back up just add a little bit to keep your bacteria fed. Eventually (very soon) the nitrite will become nitrates and you'll want to do a 75% water change and then test your water the next day. You should have then 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and below 40 for nitrates. If its not then a 50% water change is what you should need to do. If your water tests good after that you can add your fish. So is start planning on getting fish and figuring out what all you want within the next couple of days. If its going to be a long time before adding fish you'll need to dose very small amounts of ammonia till you add the fish. Just make sure before you add you test the water and do water changes as needed.
You should do 25-50% water changes weekly after adding fish to keep the chemistry correct.
I think that's it or at least all I can think of
. Good luck with picking out the fish