2 week old tank, what next?!
I am quickly becoming aware that most of the info provided by our fish person is while well advised, is not necessarily suitable for someone as interested in the hobby as myself.
My husband and I wanted very much to have a tank well established before our new addition arrives, and so, being recently given a 24 gl Hagen Crystal Glass tank and glo lamp decided to finish off the investment and set up. So we have currently the marineland bio filter (we wanted mostly self sufficient and minimal chemicals). Because we live in reasonably northern canada we were advised for winter to get a fairly heavy duty heater, we purchased an eheim for 50 gl and set up our tank, in 24 hours we had returned to the store and added 7 harlequin rasboras.
We were told initially that we could pick out fish from the shoppe, as they have labels as to what are community fish and what are not. Our final goal is to have one large and glorious Angel fish and so have calculated the "inches of fish per gallon of water". We went through and picked out a few species, which are listed in my tank profile as "planned additions". And were informed that after adding the Rasboras, we need to ensure we wait 4 weeks to make sure our bio balls in the bio filter have enough good bacteria growing. The filter is SO efficient that our water is crystal clear, even after 2 weeks with 7 little guys in there, which are rapidly growing and maturing into their gorgeous solid colours.
What I'm wondering is, do we HAVE to wait 2 more weeks to add 4 mollys to the tank? We are expecting to receive our java moss and horn wort soon, but likely not before next week. We were never told about testing water or the nitrogen cycle (which i have been reading about and do not fully understand yet) . I certainly want to add more fish, and very soon, but I absolutely do not want to risk crashing my eco system!! I know our aquarium shoppe here is very reputable and they do quarantine and guarantee the fish for you as well prior to purchase.
I welcome any suggestions! Thanks!
Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.