request for help analyzing parameters
Thanks for help.
I have two tanks, one established over a year, the other set up yesterday. They both have the same exact parameters.
The established tank is 5 gallon with fish, frog, and 2 crypts and some floater plants.
The new one is 20 gallon (only half full) has miracle grow, pool filter sand, lights, plants and a couple of snails. It has no filter or water circulation or fish. When I first added water there was some from the established tank. Then I had an issue with the sand and many water changes, a couple were 90%. So not sure if there is much left in there.
The test strips came back exactly the same:
NO3: 20 ish
GH: off the chart, a golden yellow, very hard
Ammonia test: 0
Since the test I added loads of tan fuzz from the filter to the new tank.
What do I need to do to cycle the 20 gallon? I know people with planted tans don't cycle. I have loads of plants. I am not sure there is enough of the fast growing stem plants though.
Should I wait and test again in a week? If the parameters are the same next week is it ready for fish or shrimp? I would love to put some shrimp in now.
I'd like to get a powerhead with prefilter before putting the fish in.
Anyway what do my numbers mean. I have read articles but what does it meant that both tanks have the same numbers even though there must have been only 1% of the established water left in the new tank.
Thanks for your help,