Hi Nova! Just wondering how you're doing your fishless cycle. What did you use as a catalyst for your tank to cycle? I'm just wondering as I was a newbie once and I just listened to "keep your tank running for a week and you should be good to add your fishes," which was a generic advice that I hear from store clerks. Which is incorrect. Have you checked your water parameters?
The guy at the first lfs told me to add fish right away and
start cycling with the fish in the tank.IMHO they are catering to the impatience of new aquarists.I started a fishless cycle 14 days ago,the third
day into which,I luckily found a 10% pure ammonia solution,no addidtives,no surfactants.I double checked with the pharmacist.I started dosing at 4ppm ammonia daily,until nitrites appeared.Starting today,
I dosed 2ppm ammonia and will do so every 4 days until I can dose 2ppm
ammonia and have zero ammonia and nitrites 24 hours later.I will consider the tank cycled at this point and do an 80% water change,then plant.
I think the fert tabs should go under the roots of every plant cluster.please correct me if I'm wrong.I am still looking for suggestions on which plants I should start with.I do appreciate the heads up on tank cycling.It's a shame some of the lfs people are giving misinformation to their new clients,not to mention,the poor fish paying the price.
I 've got to agree with this question!
Not meant to be a picky or a put down but when we are new it is easy to get bad info and not know what we don't know. It happens all the time so it is good to get off on the right foot on the discussion.
But as a fine point, The plants can be added and they will help get the cycle going if you are not planning fish right now. It is when the fish go in that you really need the tank cycle complete.
Sounds like you have the right plan but nice to check?
I can already see this is a good forum with conscientious
people and appreciate the heads up regarding cycling.Fish are the last
living things going into this tank.I want to have the tank planted and completely cycled so the fish can acclimate to their new home,with as little stress as possible.I am going tropical,so any suggestions are always welcome.