Am I Ok To Add Fish Now

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by RookieTank, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. RookieTankValued MemberMember

    I dosed ammonia up to the picture below 0.5-0.75 and 20 hours later the results are 0 and 0. I am planning on doing a massive water change (+/- 90%) and add fish today, only starting with 2 or 3. Angelfish, Rainbow shark, and one my last kid picks out. I have already adjusted the heaters back down to 78.5, am I forgetting anything else before I add them?
     

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  2. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    When did you start the cycle?
     
  3. OP
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    RookieTankValued MemberMember

    Mid February :(
     




  4. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    Nice I thought it was something recent, I'd say your pretty much cycled. But what can you do also is try to dose ammonia upto 1ppm see if it goes to 0 after a day. not necessary but gives you more confidence. Also I'm not sure if you have any access to Seachem Stability. I use that everytime I add new fish, again not neccesary but just a safety precaution.

    Just wondering why were' you planning to do upto 90% WC? I think 50-60 should be enough.
     
  5. OP
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  6. Ryan P

    Ryan PValued MemberMember

    Check your water source maybe there's nitrates there to begin with. You might get a minicycle if you change that much water. I use stability every weekly water chagne or when I introduce new fish/es
     
  7. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    I think you are fine to do a 90% water change- I disagree that it may cause a mini cycle. I would consider adding one fish at a time to allow your B.B. to adjust. I don’t know how big your tank is, but I think both of those fish need a fair amount of space. Good luck - I am no stocking expert.
     
  8. OP
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    RookieTankValued MemberMember

    I have a 46 gallon tank, so it should be fine.
     
  9. Frozen One

    Frozen OneValued MemberMember

    Changing water won’t cause you to have a mini cycle because beneficial bacteria grow on solid surfaces, they don’t float in water. I agree with @Mom2some in adding 1 fish at a time so you don’t shock your beneficial bacteria.
     




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