So I haven't changed the water in my tank now in almost a week after being told by 2 different LFS
(one chain and one aquarium only store) that I should be leaving the tank alone during the cycle process unless fish are dying..
Sounds harsh to me but I figure they must know what they are talking about..
SO.. like I said, been about a week now and just last night the Guppy wasn't looking good (floating around near the top, getting tossed around by the filter, etc.) I didn't even think the little guy would make it to morning but when i had my wife check this morning, the little guy is still clinging to life. I checked my water last night, ammonia is around .25, nitrites are through the roof, and nitrates are around 30 PPM
I'm assuming its the high nitrite level that is harming my guppy. If the little guy is still hanging in there when I get home from work, I plan on doing a 50% WC
(or possibly a back to back change like previously mentioned) in hopes that it can pull through..
At this point, I don't know what to believe as far as cycling the tank.. There are so many different opinions out there that I am just beyond confused and kind of using my judgement..
Even though the guppy isn't looking too good, the ACs are looking happy and healthy..
Also on a positive note, I think I found out that these AC
that I got are a species of "shell-dwellers" so I might be okay with the 10 gal
tank for longer than I expected. Just going to change the substrate over to sand and get some shells for them to swim in and out of after I'm finally cycled.