thanks for the article. ihave read it and I am still wondering should I wait or shoud I just buy the kit and hope nothing goes wrong without waiting a month
You need to wait for the aquarium to finish cycling, which may take a month or longer, before adding fish. Otherwise you will stress them and maybe even lose them.
ok thanks. but don't you need to have fish in so the can cycle the tank??? right now I have 2 rosy barbs which I have heard they are good cycling fish
In that nitrogen cycle article from Isabella, did you read all the way down to the bottom? It gives info on a fishless cycle, which is much kinder than cycling with fish.
Since you already have fish in there, you need to monitor it closely. How long has it been set up? You should wait until you have no ammonia, nitrites, or nitrates before adding more fish.
it has been almost 2 weeks since set up so far the tak looks clean and the fish look fine bt I will monitor them very closely because I don't want to loose my fish
Do you have a test kit for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates? The water may look clear but could contain these toxins, of which the first two are deadly.
Tomorrow I'm going to the pet store ill try to get the kit if I have enough money but is it really neccesary
It is definitely neccesary, so that you can find out how your cycling process is going and often give you an anwser to why your fish may have disease.
It is recommended that you get the Aquarium Pharmecueticals Master Test Kit!
thank everybody for the help today I'm ging t get a kit when I go to the pet store to check my water and if the water is cycled ill get my fish but if its not I won't thanks again everybody :
You are getting very good advice here. Definitely get that kit. If you have a PetSmart, you may be able to go to their website, copy their add and take it to your local store. They may honor the online sale price!
When you get your master test kit, please post your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. Also, please tell us more about your tank. What is the size of your tank? Do you have live plants in your tank? This information will help us also.
I went to the store yesterday and looked at kits. I have 2 ten gallon tanks. I am wondering since I might get a 30 gallon in a week or two should I just wait to buy the cycle kit? My dad wants to buy my two tanks off of me And with tht money and the money saving up I think I will get a 30 gallon thanks
I think a 30 gallon tank would be great if you can get it, but you will still need your water test kit, no matter what size tank you have.