Looks good so far. I tend to add tons of drift wood and caves to my tank until something works, but I have loaches. I'd say add a few more small plants and a ton of caves. All of my fishes seem to love them.
I would say adding some cherry barbs would be acceptable. They aren't big schoolers, at least from what my friend has said, so adding three would be fine. If you were to add hatchetfish, I'd say stick with the same species of fish if you want schooling behavior. In my...
Thank you much, bolivian. You have been a great help through all of my questions. Anyone from SoCal know of any good places to get cichlids. I'd rather not leave it up to chance, and the Cockatoo is my dream fish, haha.
I have decided to order a Bolivian Ram and an assorted Apisto. However, due to live aquaria's minimum order policy, I will also have to order my cardinal tetras now as well. Thus, the order will be: 5 Tetras, one ram, and one apisto. Would it be okay to add all of these at once? The...
I was planning on ordering one of these:
Has anyone ordered this before? Were you pleased? I'd like to put this guy, whatever he will be in a 30 gallon with a keyhole. Would I be better off just purchasing a Bolivian or German ram? I really like the cockatoos, but they are so expensive...
No, as long as the filter media was in some tank water, then mini cycles will be rare. Algae blooms can be normal, but bacterial blooms normally signify a mini cycle. If your readings are right, I wouldn't worry about the bloom. Bacterial blooms make the water milky.
Best way to seed is with sponge from another filter or bio media. Carbon doesn't hold a ton of bacteria. He could just be stressed. Some fish can bear the ammonia levels better than others, just like people can bear higher or lower temperatures or more or less pain.