my 5 gallon fresh water tank is almost ready! i started this tank on 9/05/2012 i put way too much ammonia in the beginning so it really slowed down the process. dont remember when ammonia dropped to 0ppm, but nitrite was really testing my patience. i think i waited for about a month... and the nitrite finally dropped to 0ppm today! nitrate is at 40ppm at the moment. going to start doing water changes until nitrate is at a acceptable level and im going shopping for fish! i guess im jus trying to say to anyone whose wondering why their ammonia, or nitrite values are not changing, just give it some time and let it do its thing.:;banaman original thread here: https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/freshwater-beginners/127664-first-tank-ever.html#post1391165 oh and since this is my first tank, i have no clue on what fish to get. so if you guys can help out with some suggestions i would appreciate it tank is set up with white/blue led lighting. i was advised for the size of my tank i should stick to 4-5 small fishes (i want colorful ones that'll look great under the blue led at night). i wanted to add a shrimp to clean up the trash on the bottom what do you guys think?