Help a newbie: 10 days on new amazonia tank
Day 10 on the new amazonia tank. I've planted twice and have done 3 60% water changes. A few days ago, the ammonia tested 0 and nitrites .25 ... that was before a right before a water change. It's been two days. Now the ammonia is 0, the nitrite is 0, and the nitrate is 5.
Could it be cycled already?
I don't want to jump the gun here, but I'm anxious to get a clean-up crew in there!
Also, at this point, I'm wondering how my water changes are going to change now that the water parameters seem to be stabilizing. I've been experiencing drastic drops of GH and KH over a few days after changing the water. Obviously, the pH is dropping like crazy as well. I haven't been too concerned since there isn't any livestock. But now that I'm thinking about adding some ottos, amanos, and nerites, I'm wondering how to keep those parameters more stable for the fish and invertebrates. My guess is that I'll do smaller water changes, and maybe add alkalinity buffer and seachem's equilibrium in small doses...is this right? (I am continuing to use RO water because of the poor/hard water here in Phoenix).
Any insight would be greatly appreciated! If I've forgotten to add any information to help with advice, let me know! Thanks!