Woo Hoo, Got it started!
I was able to get my 54 Gallon corner tank going this weekend finally after much anticipation. Naturally it led to some questions that I was unsure of, and hope to have someone help me out.
54 Gallon Aqueon Corner Tank
Aqueon modular light with Beauty Max, Color Max, and Day whites led's installed
Fluval 306 Canister
Fluval E2000 Heater:
substrate: Black Diamond Sand - Rinsed thoroughly
Dwarf Hair Grass
curly leafed sword
2 plants whose name escapes me at the moment. I did not write them down... :/
After filling the tank I dosed With Seachem Prime, and I also did something that maybe I shouldn't have. This led to my questions
I used API Quick Start after adding DrTims Aquatic Ammonium Chloride in hopes of getting the cycle started. This is something I haven't done before but wanted to sort of spead up the cycle. ... Or at least get the cycle going.
After dosing, the next day I noticed that the water was murky, not really cloudy.
I tested the water and results are:
8.4 High PH
8 ppm Ammonia
So I did a 50 percent water change and afterwards the readings were the same, except with 2 ppm Ammonia.
This evening I did another 50 percent water changed and results are
8.4 High PH
2 ppm Ammonia
The Nitrates surprised me, so I am curious if this means that the tank is beginning to cycle?
Think I answered some of my own questions re reading the cycling thread
Was the murkiness caused by the high Ammonia or, could it have been caused by the fact I did not wash my drift wood. I purchased this from an aquarium store and it was a step I missed.... I rinsed the Black Diamond sand very thoroughly and a little dust could have gotten left behind, but not much. I was very thorough with each bucket to ensure I didn't have trouble with it.
I also noticed some of my plants having issues. The leaf tips on some look burned almost, Was this an issue due to the Ammonia? Or, is this part of meltback I am anticipating?
This is my first go with plants, and I have been looking at resources but not 100 percent sure what I should be looking at plantwise regarding health
54 Gallon Corner Aqueon in it's infancy
Last edited by microm3gas; 02-25-2019 at 09:55 PM.
Reason: added a plantm,