knight in shining armour....given barbs but im cycling??!

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well my tank was cycling nicely along fishless. looking lovely. but since then i have had to be the knight in shining armour i have taken in four (what i believe to be gold or rosy) barbs. while some dear friends of mine move house and go on holiday. i have given them spectrum pellets those little 1mm brown ones. i think they might be too big to fit in thier mouths they kinda suck them in and spit them out. i have to crush them to a almost powder. is this a problem????
pH 7.6 ammonia .25 nitrItes ZERO!!! nitrAtes 5-10
so now i have these fish the food has started to stain my blue gravel. i put 8 of these 1mm square pellets in twice a day so 16 in total. will a vaccuum sort this out??? just the food they dont eat sits on the gravel and goes a funny colour. there are only 4 little fish just over an inch each

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do i start to do regular water changes now?
do i also start vaccuuming portions of my tank?
should i try fish flakes? and feed a little less often
they are having a blast in a massive tank all to themselves. and as to be expected i getting quite attatched

thanks as always for your help fishloreans
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yep a gravel vac should take care of the left ovrs. They might eat flakes better. When you have food laying on the bottom it can pollute your tank.
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thanks butterfly. i will do a vac shortly and also get some flakes. i guess it is just a process of elimanation. this will be my first gravel vac ever so it will be quite fun

thanks again
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If your vacuuming into a bucket.... watch that bucket or you will be initiated in the the bucket brigade hall of fame when it runs over LOL I think we've all done that good Luck
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hehe i think im already in the "spill alot of water during water change" hall of fame.

well here goes nothing i have the towels ready, you never know how carried away i might get

regards Dazzler
 
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