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Old 01-05-2012, 02:19 AM   #1
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First Tank

Super excited!

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!

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Old 01-05-2012, 02:28 AM   #2
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Since you have chosen to do a fish in cycle you have a long journey ahead of you. Did you research fishless cycling an aquarium? If you haven't, I would. It's much better for your fish and will be easier for you.
Don't worry about adjusting your ph. Keeping it sable is way more important then getting the right levels.

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Old 01-05-2012, 02:36 AM   #3
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Hi! I answered on your other thread. While I agree you have your work cut out for you, there is nothing wrong with fish in cycling if done correctly.
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:09 PM   #4
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Welcome! , thanks for joining!
Please don't forget about the toxins in some corals (like zoas and palythoas)
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