Just got my 26 gal
bowfront tank kit up and running. After 2 days added a few fish, currently on day 3 and monitoring ammonia waiting for the tank to cycle.
Interested in doing all the research necessary to make this a successful and happy place for my fish.
A few questions I have:
1) My ammonia levels have not started to rise yet. Besides the weekly water change coming up (I'm only on day 3), should I do any water changes before the ammonia goes up? Or wait for this?
2) I introduced a blue gourami and 3 neon tetras to the tank. After adding the tetras I found out they require (or prefer?) a lower pH than my tank, which has been reading 7.6 + every day since I started. All the fish seem happy and have been increasing in activity. Should I get any product to slowly lower the pH to a specific level, or should I leave it since there are no problems?
3) The light that came with the kit hood is an 18" 8000K 15 watt. I have read advice that a tank my size (and keep in mind mine is more like a 20 gal
+ 6 gal
in height) should have a much higher wattage. I do not have any live plants yet. Do I need a stronger light for live plants? Should I wait until the tank has cycled before adding live plants?
4) Maybe a stupid question, but my Petco air pump came with NO instructions and I am new at this. Is there a way or technique to change the intensity of the bubbles? Also, mine has 2 outputs, but since I read that Gourami's dont like strong currents, I am only using one. Should I let the air flow freely out of the unused output? My only concern is the longevity of the pump...
5) Last question
After learning about the tetra's tank preferences, I am going to further research any fish species before I buy, and not rely soley on the pet stores willingness to put fish in a bag for me. Is there a one-stop-answers-all website or resource with detailed information on different species?
Excited to be part of this. Any advice is greatly appreciated!