Ok, so i set it up and threw in 4 tinfoil barbs (3 of which I am growing temporarily for my friend's 150, and they are just babies) and an oscar a friend gave me who is still juvenille. I am on my 7th day of having resident fish and have been feeding sparingly. Here are my readings:
Nitrate 5.0 roughly, maybe slightly less
Water changes start today daily, now here are the things I need confirmation on so I don't hurt my fish anymore than necessary:
1. 20% water changes daily, yes or no, if no how much
2. I have a 10 gallon cycled and healthy with only a tiny pleco and an apple snail in there that I am planning on tearing down and using for a QT
...can I take some of the gravel from that and pop it into the media cartridges on my Emporer 400 to quicken the cycle?
3. I know dumping the water from my 10 into the 90 is a bad idea, but can I utilize the filter in there somehow to improve the cycle for my guys?
4. Is my emporer 400 enough filtration for the 90 and these fish? I plan on dropping in 2 more juvy oscars eventually and some full grown blood parrots my buddy is holding for me, and I know how ****ed dirty the oscars can be. I also have a penguin 330 in storage...should I utilize it?
This is my first attempt at a tank with anything other than trops...I have asked all the questions I could think of, but if you people have any ideas for me, let me know...I did a horrible cycle my first time with trops and still carry guilt from that so I want this to be done right