Looks like we may be getting nitrates for Christmas. After the battle I've had with our 10 gallon tank, our ammonia levels are staying steady at "0", and the nitrites, which have been at 2.0 for about two weeks seem to have dropped slightly today.
I am still doing daily water changes (25%), and gravel vacs about once a week.
However, the water is still cloudy looking at the end of each day. We are definitely not overfeeding as I kind of scooch the gravel in various areas of the tank when I do the daily water change, and there is very little waste in the gravel. We've started adding algae chips a few times a week for the algae eater and catfish...could that be the reason for the cloudiness?
Also, when we get the levels to 0 for everything, we want to add a couple more fish. We're looking at tiger barbs. We've got three blackfin tetras, four neon tetras, two albino cats, an algae eater and a guppy right now. After the first of the year, I plan to start hitting yardsales for a 55 gallon tank, since the algae eater is already about twice the size he was when we got him.
Will tiger barbs be okay with the fish we have? The plan is once we get the 55 gal
, the 10 will be used as a starter/quarantine tank...we'll just kind of rotate fish into and out of it. We want angels, so how will the barbs do with angels? If they don't get along, we may just leave the neons and tigers in the 10 gallon.