Fish moved now the fun begins (cycling)
New to the site but have been keeping fish for about 13 years. Will be starting a Journal for my newest tank and documenting building my aquarium stand soon. Right now I have a heavily planted 29 gallon tank and a new to me 75 gallon tank. My 29 is heavily stocked with guppies and a few loaches, corydoras and a gourami. The 75 gallon was moved this last Sunday from a friends house. He had 5 clown loaches and a synodontis catfish. The smallest loach is around 3-4 inches long and the largest is around 7-8 inches long. The synodontis is around 8 inches long as well. So far the tank is great but I am having some issues because of how the move went.
The move started off badly when I found out that my friend had removed the fish a few minutes prior to me getting to his house and he proceeded to drain all of the water from the tank down the drain. He also had two HOB filters a Penguin 330 and Penguin 350 which he left outside in 90+ degree weather. Needless to say they were dry as a bone when I got there. I did manage to keep all of the rocks he had in the tank wet but all the other items that would have been part of the bio filter were gone.
So needless to say right now I am cycling the tank. I know that I really shouldn't subject the fish to this kind of stress but I don't have any other options. No one I know can take the fish until the tank cycles and my light hood is not ready so I can only plant low light plants under his stock 2x40w light fixture. I did however manage to switch half of my fluval 204's media into the new Fluval 206 I am running on the other tank. I also added a Fluval 406 yesterday to increase the flow in the tank.
I also added some java fern and java moss from my other tank and some duck weed (i know it is a pain but grows quickly). I have also been doing daily water changes trying to lower the ammonia levels but it isn't easy with these large fish. I have been able to keep the ammonia from going above 1ppm and it is usually hovering around .5ppm or .75ppm when I get home from work before I do my water change. My levels started off at 5ppm ammonia and 0 nitrite 0 nitrate, but last night and this morning when tested my tank had .5ppm ammonia, 0 nitrite and 5pm nitrate so I guess my seeded media is working. I also added some Zeo-carb to the filters but that hasn't seemed to make a difference at all. I just really wish I could have started with a clean slate with no fish. And so far they all seem to be acting ok except the catfish. He won't eat any of the food I have given him. Or a least I haven't seen him eat. I usually put the food in after lights out.
Well I just wanted to say hello and tell people about my experience thus far with my new tank. Keep an eye out for my thread hopefully soon about building my stand and my journal for my tank with pictures.