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Hello !!!

I just wanted to pop in ans say hi as I am new to the forums.

I've always loved all things aquatic and my GF finally helped me get into the fun.

Coming from a healthcare/biology background the nitrogen cycle makes perfect sense and is one of the allure of fish keeping. I just started my 56 gallon "pillar" tank on it's fishless cycle - well, two weeks ago (ammonia and some stuff from my GFs tank). The tanks is all decked out and bubbly warm helping the bacteria along. Started with an initial ammonia level of 6 (it's now 4 - been here for about 12 days). Started testing for nitrites and nitrates a couple days ago. Nitrite jumped from 2 to 5 in those two days and the nitrate is holding at 5. I think this is trend I am looking for.

I do have a serious problem. What do I do to keep patient? I am have a few different communities planned (mostly semi-agressive fish). I am reading other forums and sites l have come across to help select compatible tankmates.

But the waiting is hard. I keep staring at the tank - then my GF laughs
 
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Welcome to fishlore!

You could always get a couple of those plastic fish they sell at pet stores (at least the ones near me) and plop em in the tank!
 
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Thanks!!

I'll save the plastic fish as a last resort plan
 

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Hi Mark, welcome to Fishlore. sounds like MTS is right around the corner for you. we will be here when you need us.
 

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Hello !!!

I just wanted to pop in ans say hi as I am new to the forums.

I've always loved all things aquatic and my GF finally helped me get into the fun.

Coming from a healthcare/biology background the nitrogen cycle makes perfect sense and is one of the allure of fish keeping. I just started my 56 gallon "pillar" tank on it's fishless cycle - well, two weeks ago (ammonia and some stuff from my GFs tank). The tanks is all decked out and bubbly warm helping the bacteria along. Started with an initial ammonia level of 6 (it's now 4 - been here for about 12 days). Started testing for nitrites and nitrates a couple days ago. Nitrite jumped from 2 to 5 in those two days and the nitrate is holding at 5. I think this is trend I am looking for.

I do have a serious problem. What do I do to keep patient? I am have a few different communities planned (mostly semi-agressive fish). I am reading other forums and sites l have come across to help select compatible tankmates.

But the waiting is hard. I keep staring at the tank - then my GF laughs
I loved biology, and was taking college biology in 9th grade, and studied it all through HS, I know what you mean! The chemistry of it all was partly the allure to me as well.

When I was cycling my tank, I did the same, and I would just look at my tank and MY husband would laugh! lol I'd suggest you select a couple books and read them, that's what got me through
 
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Disc61 - I think I have some of the symptoms of MTS.
I was considering a semi-aggressive tank, but after getting advice from my proposed community, (https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/freshwater-fish-invertebrates/134221-my-first-tank-help-assess-my-proposed-community.html) I may switch to more peaceful fish (that will also allow me to have some inverts as well). So yeah, I think I need another tank or two :)

Mrs Price - I saw some books on Amazon that looked interesting. Oh BTW, I play TF2 and CS.
 

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Mark, we can't cure it, all we can do is be there for you in your time of need.
 

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Hello and welcome, Mark! ^_^

We'd love to see pics! A lot of them even if you decide to house some plastic fish.
 
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Hi N2Gongfu!

I just found a great LFS in our area. Ocean Blue (on Katella in Orange). I was looking all over for a good, knowledgeable and (most importantly) friendly store. Good Yelp reviews too.

I finally cycled, and I'm slowly adding fish. Just added two German Blue Rams, two Peppered Corys and seven Green Fire Tetras.
 
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