Originally Posted by French
Pretty sure I pulled a noob. Set up my 50 gal
tanks Friday past. Used cycle for the first three days as the label says. Introduced 19 fish by Sunday. Danios, cardinals, lamp eye tetras, a blue gourami, and a red tail shark. They all seem to be doing fine but I don't know what to think of my water chemistry. Ph 6.6-6.8 ammonia 1-2 ppm
nitrite 0-0.25 ppm
nitrate 10-20 ppm
. Hard to diferenciate between some of the colora on the color chart ( api master test kit). My water is also cloudy. Is all this normal? When should I do my first water change? Should I be concerned about my ammonia level? Thinking about getting a canister filter tomorrow or the next day. Good idea? Marineland c220. Any I advise/ comments appreciated.
Hmmm look like your environement is in cycling process... white cloudy water can appear, as autotrophic bacterias multiply very fast in these condition...
I'll suggest you do often big water changes... It will solve by itself.
the product "Nutrafin Cycle" help and fasten the process of cycling, but you must wait.
1. Put water with antichlorine and cycle product.
2. After 10 days mesure ammonia and nitrites. If they both 0ppm, then your cycle is ready. If no, wait more and add more cycle to the filters.
3. Add fishs.
Never add 20 fishs to a new setup tank... Add them progressively, so cycle will adapt...