Hey all, I just added two Zebra Danios to my new tank (36 gal) along with some TSS to begin the cycling process. How long should I wait before feeding them?
Also, I still have not turned the light back on. How long should I wait to do that?
You could wait a few hours and then turn the lights on.
I would recommend getting a timer and setting it for about 10 hours on.
As for feeding them, I would say you can feed them any time.
I would limit them to only one feeding a day ( I feed my fish once ever other day )
In about 2 weeks ( don't test, add any additives or do a water change during the 2 week period as your results will be skewed ) you can do your water testing, big water change, etc.
They say to not test during the 2 weeks because your results will be inaccurate and skewed - making you go crazy! I know that's the hardest part to do.
After your 2 weeks, test and then do at least a 75% water change.
Also, do not change your filter pads/media - you can rinse them in used tank water but I would wait at least a month before doing that to get good beneficial bacteria growing on there.
What conditioner will you plan on using after the TSS? I would recommend getting PRIME by seachem. Also, what kind of test kit do you have? I would recommend getting a good liquid test kit such as API master test kit - usually costs around $25.00 - $30.00 but well worth it. The test strips are not as accurate, although I use them myself in between my API test kit as a guideline. After you are established for awhile, you will understand how some people use the test strips in this way.