Originally Posted by LucidWanderer
Hi all! Just wanted to drop in and say what's up. I've never had fish before in my life. I ran across a 40g tank dirt cheap so grabbed it. lol. I wish I would have found this site a few weeks ago when I started this new hobby. My tank currently holds 6 hatchet fish 4 tiny snails and a bottom feeder.. :P Can't remember it's name lol. Tank is still cycling and I'm checking and doing WC
practically everyday. Quick question though. My ammonia was up to 3 and after a 20% WC
the ammonia bounced right back up! A family owned pet shop employee recommended doing a 90% WC
and replace my filter media. Since I've set up the tank on 9-21-12 I have not changed the media. I did however do a 80% WC
and new filter. However I read somewhere tonight not to do both at the same time. Will this mess with my BB growing or am I worrying for nothing? lol..
Thanks for reading and any responses.
Welcome! Changing your media would have disrupted the cycle only if had been in long enough to build a colony, so if the tank was only set up for a couple days there really wasn't any substantial amount of BB on it... If it was set up for a couple weeks you woulda lost some but not all hope is lost as bb will grow on aquarium decor & sand/gravel. Anyways lets try to keep that ammonia right around .25 and lower if possible
back to back wc
's may be needed. bb doesn't really reside in the water column so changing water won't affect your cycle
I like to suggest active filters from AngelsPlus.com, it will really help jump start your cycle!
I see Andrew has provided my favorite link, it's a good read
here is another
I fish in cycled all my tanks, patience & water changes are your key to success
it's gonna take awhile but all your hardwork will be very gratifying
Good luck and keep us posted!