- 16 Jan 2023
Oh I thought we pretty much had to test the water to know when it is safe and when ammonia spikes etc?
If you go to Aquatic Design Centre, they have tanks with hard water on the left as you walk in which you can keep any of those fish, then they have tanks on the right (and middle) which use soft water so those you have to be careful if you buy them, I always avoid those and play it safe!Ah thank you! That was going to be my next question, which aquatic shops are well rated. None of those are close but I can make the effort to visit them, the one in Balham I think is closest!
Congratulations.Hoping to set the tank up tomorrow, still need to buy a piece of wood and some rocks!
EDIT: Forgot to get a test kit - do I just need to get the test stips?
That is the <"great advantage of planted tanks">, they have much <"greater capacity to take up and process ammonia (NH3)"> (and all the other forms of fixed nitrogen). If you have plenty of plants, including some with the <"aerial advantage">, they are <"very efficient at removing nutrients">.I thought we pretty much had to test the water to know when it is safe and when ammonia spikes etc?
Not exactly, there are a <"much wider range of microbes"> than was initially thought, that perform nitrification and this <"also ignore plants"> which are core to the whole process. Have a look at <"Bedside Aquarium">(with <"traditional apologies"> to @Miss-Pepper).I understand the basic of the nitrogen cycle - we feed fish, excess food and fish waste are ammonia, which the bacteria in the tank break down to nitrite. Other bacteria breaks this down to nitrates - we do a partial water change to remove some of the nitrates and the cycle goes again?
No, you are good, and that is a good thing.I probably seem a bit extra but when I research something I go a bit crazy
Thanks Darrel! I'm certain that's not true, you are such a fishkeeping masterI'll cc. in @shangman , it is a long time since I started keeping fish, but she started fairly recently and is already much better at it than I am.
Hello! So fab that you are on your new aquarium adventure When I first started a few years ago I also really did a deep dive into research and confused myself with cycling, ammonia and waterchanges. I accidentally killed my first fish from messing it up and getting different theories mixed up.I've managed to get myself so confused with cycling the fish tank.
I understand the basic of the nitrogen cycle - we feed fish, excess food and fish waste are ammonia, which the bacteria in the tank break down to nitrite. Other bacteria breaks this down to nitrates - we do a partial water change to remove some of the nitrates and the cycle goes again?
When I first set up my aquarium, I will fill it up with my tank water - than I have to add tap safe (however much is tells me to) to dechlorinate the water. I also add some bacteria to the tank. How do I introduce ammonia to get the cycle going?
Do I just buy test trips and test the water each day and keep a log?
How often should I be doing a water change at first - and each time I remove say, 25% of the water - I add the same amount of fresh tap water back to the tank and then dose the whole tank with tap safe but just enough for the 25% volume of water?
True... or as acclaimed Physicist Wolfgang Pauli once said: "That is not only not right; it is not even wrong!".I'm no trying to be funny, but most of the things written about cycling and water testing are either wrong or very wrong.
Tap safe works but next time get seachem prime, you get a lot more for your money.dosed 6 caps of tap safe as per bottle (2 per 20 litres) and was surprised it was a gel
Lol, don't get stressed, it's supposed to be enjoyable. 😀Slightly stressed!
You've had some good advice here, and it's from people who are not trying to sell you anything.I am going to take your advise