New Freshwater Fish Tank Help

  1. I

    Ian Tankers New Member Member

    I just got a 20gal. Fish tank. I have filled it and I need more decorations and am currently doing a fish less cycle. I already put dechlorinator in it. I have A filter, a heater, and a thermometer. I was wondering what other steps I need to take before I can put fish in. Also if anyone has any Ideas for what kind of fish I can put in, that would be great. Thank you!
  2. BringKermitBack

    BringKermitBack Well Known Member Member

  3. FishHobbiest

    FishHobbiest Well Known Member Member

    Here's a helpful video on cycling a tank and minimizing the time it takes:

  4. Hunter1

    Hunter1 Well Known Member Member

    You definitely need an ammonia source to grow the bacteria, pure ammonia with no additives would be best although daily doses of fish food will work even though its not a very accurate way to do it.

    A API master test kit would be my second purchase so you can test for amm, nitrites and nitrates. (Research the nitrogen cycle)

    I would add a beneficial bacteria such as TetraSafeStart + or Stability.

    I also recommend Prime as a declorinator.

    Raise your temperature to 82-84 while cycling.

    Make sure your PH remains above 6.5.

    Tons and tons of different fish will fit in a 20, just let us know what you like but corys will always be one of my recommendations.
  5. ChuthuluFish

    ChuthuluFish Well Known Member Member

  6. OP

    Ian Tankers New Member Member

    not ye
  7. Hunter1

    Hunter1 Well Known Member Member

    Very important, can’t tell what’s going on without a test kit.

    Like walking with your eyes closed.