I honestly feel stupid for even asking this, but I’ve researched these questions forEVER only to receive super conflicted/varying advice. So… what should my ideal water parameters be? And what is within an acceptable range? Like, yes, I do know that my ammonia should be ~0, but at what point is it too high? Or at what point are is my kH
too low? The same goes for all the other parameters that I check.
Background info: I just finished cycling my 20 gallon last week. Two days ago I added 10 cardinal tetras and 1 black molly. It is lightly planted right now: 2x anubias afzelli, 1 anubias lanceolata, 1 bacopa caroliniana, and 1 unidentified guy (picture attached). Yesterday I dosed Seachem Neutral Regulator to keep my pH at 7.0.
What should my acceptable ranges be for the following:
Today was the first day in over a month where my phosphate wasn’t 0.25ppm — it was 10+! I’ve read that uneaten fish food and buffers can cause the numbers to soar, but this is my first tank, so ’m not really sure how to handle it.
Thanks so much!