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Question i think my water cycle is FINALY done...???

ok so my amonia level is 0ppm. but my nitrite level is 0.25ppm, and my nitrate level is 40ppm. should i do a 25% water change and call it done? or should i let the nitrate level go up a little bit more? mind you, i do have fish in the tank already. (an early b-day present, had nowhere to put them) and they all seem to be very active and comfortable.

its a 55g tank, with 7 plants, 3 small driftwoods, and:

7 neon tetra's
4 giant danio's
3 ghost catfish
2 kissing gouramis'
2 bala shark's
2 silver dollar's
1 cardinal tetra (the other 2 died)
1 bristle nose pleco

and i have 2 discus on hold at a LFS

i know what you are all thinking but these are all very small fish with exception of the gouramis.
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silver dollars + plants = silver dollars

I would hold off on the discus. Your tank is pretty full.

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i know what you are all thinking but these are all very small fish with exception of the gouramis.
Bala sharks get huge. Way too big for your tank

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yes, but my question was if my cycle is done. and if i should do a 25% water change now.
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Well, nitrites won't be measurable in a cycled tank. You are probably pretty close. How long have your fish been in there? Water changes don't hurt

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well my fish have been in the tank for 2 weeks now. and they are just fine.
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Water changes are ok even when you're cycling. It will keep cycling, don't worry. With fish in the tank, water changes are important while cycling.
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Definitely wait on your discus. You want your water params to be completely stable and ideal and generally, you want your tank to be established for a couple of months before you're confident that everything will be to their liking.
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zero you need to be a more responsable fishkeeper. Addingthat many fish in the cycle is irresponsible. adding the mix of uncompatable fish is unresponsible. Not to mention that most of those are schooling fish and you really need at least six. It is obvious that you are not ready to keep discus.
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