New member...new aquarium..could use some advice!
I'm new to this site, with a pretty new aquarium, which isnt cycled yet, and could use some assistance..
Basically, started aquarium a little more than 5 weeks ago. Like an idiot, dove right in with fish and all, not realizing the importance of cycling the tank first. Was told by a pet store employee that I could just "add several fish and let them start their biological process, and I'd be fine as long as I made sure to change out the filter regularly"!
Prob needless to say, I lost those first fish...4 neon tetras, and a gourami. The lone survivor was the African dwarf frog... So, was then told to just get more hardy diesel fish, so for over 4 weeks I have had the Frog, 4 danios, and a pleco. Been testing water almost daily with 0-30% water changes also almost daily, ammonia is down, but nitrite is almost 5ppm n nitrate at 20ppm. Anything else I can do besides frequent water changes? And how long do these levels stay high before leveling down to 0?! I really dont want to lose any others...Thanks in advance!!