Hi fish tank people,
Just had a few questions about my tank. If anyone needs any more information to be able to answer my questions please ask!
I setup this tank on 11/16, and immediately planted enough to fall in to the 'moderately planted' category. Tank is a 29g, 30x18x12. The first plants were Amazon Sword, Java Fern, Anubias Nano, Crypts. After about a week my LFS recommended I add a few small fish to get the cycle going. I started with 4 Gold Pristella Tetra because the owner of the store said they were hearty. I started out extremely diligently with testing and water changes.
Here are the results of testing with the API master kit (and yes, I have shaken well)
11/18 pH 7.6 Ammonia .25 ppm, Nitrites .25 ppm, Nitrates 5ppm
11/19 30% WC
11/20 pH 7.4, Ammonia 0, Nitrite: .25 Nitrate: 0-2ppm
11/21 30% WC
11/25-12/4 pH 7.5, Ammonia .25, Nitrite .25, Nitrate 0 (no major spikes, levels never went above .25 so I did not do a water change).
12/5-Present: pH 7.6, Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 0
Every time I test the levels are consistently 0. A few days ago I added 4 Longfin Leopard Danios. They were pretty good, except they chased the tetras around all over the place. I tested the water each day and levels were all still 0. Today I returned the danios and only have the tetra. All of the fish look good and arn't acting unusual at all. They look great actually. I am just kind of at a loss of whats going on... surely the tank hasn't cycled yet? Could it be the plants keeping the levels in check?
Also, why does my water have an extremely slight greenish tint? I hardly notice it until the lights are off and then it is visible. Is this from the driftwood or something else?
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks