Cycling a tank with plants and ADA type soil...
So, I have my 9.5 gal setup. I just moved into this new place, and went through a massive "cleansing" of fish "junk" before I moved in, so I was without many staples... One such staple was a test kit.
So, scaped, planted, filled, and began running the tank. Was looking for advice on this forum and a few others on how i should begin dosing and what water change schedules to follow (there are varying opinions.. i.e. everyday, every other day, etc). Didn't get too many responses, so I did every other day water changes of 30%.
Well, I finally bought new test kits yesterday, and tested pH, nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia.
pH = 6.0 (or off the scale, since 6 is the lowest it goes)
Nitrite = 0
Nitrate = 0
Ammonia = well... Let's say 8ppm is dark green, and the result is dark Blue!!!!
So, I dosed a cap full of Prime, and did 80% water change. The tank has been setup for a week and a half. I have an Eheim 2213 setup and 2x 18w T5HO bulbs, and pressurized co2.
I'm starting to worry about the plants melting. What do you suggest?
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PIMP #427 - 2 x 2213, 1 x 2206, 1 x Surface Extractor