We just set up a 190g. Specs:
60" left/right, 24" front/back, 30" tall
RO water/remineralized to keep a level of 4 dkh, 200 tds
Co2 on controller
Filtration: two Eheim 2262
Lighting: 3 * Kessil a360 tuna sun
Heater: 2 inline hydor 300W on controller
black fluorite substrate
Heavily planted with about half stems other half crypts, anubias , J. val, S. repens, micro sword etc
Initially the water sat stagnant with a large manzanita stump (attempting to waterlog it) for about 4 weeks.
We got all the plumbing/lights etc working about 2 weeks ago.
1 week ago I added 30 baby Trigonostigma espei (lambchop rasbora)
I saw no ammo or nitrite spikes...saw a scant trace of nitrate
yesterday I added 30 more baby T. espei and 20 cherry shrimp.
Now readings are all 0 for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.
I do a 20% water change every day or two to get rid of the neverending fluorite cloudiness ( I didn't rinse it...believed the packaging lol)
Is it possible I may not see a cycle in this tank with the amount of plants I have?
When should I start dosing EI?
Thanks for any input