*Update on Page 3, post #41*
I received my test kit yesterday afternoon. So I run home from the office to try it out and see how well the tank was cycling.
5 Tiger Barbs
2 (baby) Plecostomus
Standard 10 Gallon tank
15-20 gallon H.O.B. filter
no-name 50W heater
2 X 10W CF lighting
Standard aquarium gravel
Water conditioner is "Start Rite" or something (from wal-mart)
API Leaf Zone plant fertilizer http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754007
TetraMin flake food
Hikari algae wafers
The history of the tank:
Week 1 - ran filter, heater, and lights. water treated with Start Rite
Week 2 - added 5 Tiger Barbs
Week 3 - added 3 Petsmart "Peacock Ferns" and 1 very small Plecostomus
Week 4 - added Crypt and Java fern (after removing the non-aquatic "Peacock Fern") began fertilizing with Leaf Zone
Week 5 (current) - changed 50% water and added a second very small Plecostomus
The water change was on Tuesday night (2 nights ago). I was expecting much better test results.
The first test I did was pH. It was between 7.8 and 8.0. This was ont he high range after it had "maxed out" the standard range test.
Next, came the Ammonia. It read between 4.0 and 8.0, guessing close to 5 PPM.
Both nitrites and nitrates read nothing at all.
This tells me that i have no bacteria growth, right?
I plan to do another 50% water change tonight. I also have a large bottle of Aquel+ that I had ordered for the 50G that I am still laying the groundwork for. This is supposed to remove ammonia, so would it be safe to treat the already treated water with Aquel+?
Note: the plecos were never intended to stay in this small tank as they were going to be moved to my 50G in less than a month. One may be going to a friend as I would like to get a few Ottos and just keep 1 Plecostomus.