I just recently re-scaped my 55 gallon tank completely (pics included). I know most are probably wondering why I made the change in the first place, it looked so much better before? I am just finally tired if the upkeep of trimming and replanting, etc... Switched to a hardscape because it is much easier to maintain, and has a more modern look to it. The previous setup had been established for about 2 years prior to me re-arranging things. It had large natural pebbles as substrate, and a fairly large arrangement of plants. The new arrangement is PFS substrate, rock, manzanita, and a few Anubis. I know I have cut down natural filtration by reducing so much vegetation, and most likely eliminated a lot of my biological bacteria from replacing the substrate. I did however clean my filter media from my canister filter in the original tank water assuming that I would have preserved the bacteria. My thinking was that the filter media would have had enough bio filtration to kick start the whole tank. It has been a week now, and my fish were showing signs of stress this evening when I got home from work. My test strips showed 20ppm+ nitrate and 1.0 nitrite implying that my tank has obviously recycled. Then I got an ammonia reading of about 2.5 (yikes!) I immediately introduced some emergency ammonia reducer, and did a 50% WC... I also introduced some bacteria starter from Proquatics I had lying around. I don't like the idea of my tank recycling with all my livestock in it. My current plan of action would be to just closely monitor my water perimeters and do excessive water changes accordingly until things start to gain balance again. Anyone have any suggestions?
"Those dancing were thought to be crazy by those who could not hear the music."
Last edited by Aquahollics; 12-03-2013 at 07:57 AM.