So how exactly DO you cycle a quarantine tank? Also a question about gravel vaccuming
Ok a few weeks ago I got some new fish and began quarantining them. I have spare 5 gal which I set up and break down whenever I needed to.
So I set up the filter, heater, filled it with water, and added some NEW filter media in the HOB filter all the night before I was going the get fish.
Next morning I took some extra bio media from my main tank which has been in there for atleast 4 weeks and put it in my QT tank filter.
Same day I got the fish and drip acclimated them.
Day 1 - no ammonia & nitrite. Day 2 - No ammonia & nitrite, however, a few ghost shrimp died (4 out of 10)
Day 3 - no ammonia, but .25 nitrite!! At this point I panicked and got the fish out and figured they would probably be less stressed in the main tank.
Been about a week now and the fish are doing fine in my main tank.
But I want to know what I did wrong here?
Question 2: My main tank is 29 gal lightly planted with :
about 7/8 ghost shrimp
1 BN pleco
6 silvertip tetras
5 blackskrit tetras
3 male guppies
1 dwarf gourami
How often (if at all) should I vacuum my gravel? My tank is only 5 weeks old and I've only done it once so far.