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When to start testing?

Sorry if it's an obvious answer, I am just starting in the whole tank-keeping thing.

Do I test as soon as I fill the tank with water?

Before placing anything in, as in "tap-water"? if so I'm guessing de-chlorinated in this case as well.

Do I let things settle in the tank for 24 hours and then test?

I have no idea what to do here >.>; , I already read the tests instructions and they seem simple enough, but exactly when do I start with it?



EDIT: And, just to make sure, fert dosing starts after the tank has been cycled, right?
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no ferts till its cycled.. i'd let things settle i mean your looking at a minimum three week cycle no need to get jumpy about testing
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Perfect , then I'm gonna start filling everything up with water.
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... but I do place ammonia, right?
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There is more than one way to start a planted tank. If you are starting a non-planted tank you do have to cycle it before adding fish, but if you are going to plant the tank heavily with fast growing stem plants, as you should be, you can plant those before filling the tank with water. Then fill the tank with water, add the lights, begin light fertilizing, and wait a week or so to make sure the plants have started growing well, before adding just a few fish, preferably the hardiest ones that you intend to keep. Limit the time the lights are on to 4-6 hours a day for a week too, to discourage any algae from starting. Then increase the lights on time by half hour at a time, a few days apart, until you have that time up to 8 hours.

If you then want to entertain yourself, use your test kits to see how they work. Then ignore the readings. You can worry about that later.

This is the way I start a tank.

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all right, thank you !
I really am in no rush, I just want to do this right from the start n.n;
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