I already know I was wrong in believing the starter set. I was under the impression that it did not need to cycle. In fact, the instructions didn't say anything about cycling. Trying to lower the pH, and provide a safe hiding place for him. I know there is ammonia present, I'm waiting for the store to open so I can get some SeaChem Regulator to keep the GH pH at more suitable level, and was also told that live plants improve the overall quality of the water. I'm told they absorb some ammonia and nitrites, which always sounds good. Obviously, they produce more oxygen for the fish. I don't know what KH means, but GH was somewhere around 200-225. pH was high approx. 7.6 or 7.8. I'm going to maintain the starter tank at 7.0, but his next tank will be lower, around 6.5 or so. Right now, I've got a towel around the tank to keep him a little more relaxed.
It's Kat-The dog lover
More recently an aquatic enthusiast.