Originally Posted by johnhartigan
I'm in the cycle stage but they all seem happy but tonight I'm going to start doing pwc
as much as possible and this arises another question when I do the water changes do I have to declorinate the water before I pour it in there (sorry if its a dumb question lol) and what kind of vacuum do you guys recommend?
Hey there's never a dumb question! We all start somewhere and none of us jump in knowing it all from day one
Yes. Always dechlorinate your clean water before adding it to the tank. If you pour the water in first the chlorine already gets into the system. Also, it's not completely neccassary but I do it just to keep the stress down in my fish. When I add new water I always match the temperature exact to that in the tank. I have two themometers on the tank. One down low and the other on the opposite side of the tank up high. I use the high one to match the temp. It's okay if it's a degree or two off. I wouldn't reccomend much more though. And it's always more of a shock if the new water is cooler than the tank water.
I would up the WC
to 65% since you are in a cycle. Definetely do it everyday for awhile and check you water consistantly before each water change. You don't want to loose your fish. And for sure hold off on adding anymore fish until you tank is fully cycled. You can also add Stress Zyme or something similar to add good bacteria to aid in the cycle. You can also get some mature gravel from a friend or the LFS
you bought your fish from to help boost the cycle. Of course, be sure there are no dead or dying fish in the tank you get the gravel from! You can put the gravel in a nylon hose and set it in your tank for a couple weeks. That's how I get my new tanks up and running. Works like a charm!
Keep a close eye on your fish!If any are acting off, check your water. I would do this even if you already changed the water and later in the evening things were looking bad for the fish.