When to perform first cleaning?

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by Novemayune, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Novemayune

    NovemayuneValued MemberMember

    I started my 55g on 1 Dec with Colony. I have 6 albino cories, 4 platys (one of which just dropped some fry), 8 neon tetras, 12 ghost shrimp, a mystery snail, two marimo moss balls, 3 medium amazon swords, 1 small anubias, and 1 small java fern (windelov). My water parms: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 20 nitrates.

    Should I be doing my first partial water change already? When do I need to vacuum for the first time? Sorry, I know this must be redundant, but my quick search didn't return answers for these questions. If I missed it, will you kindly post a link to the other thread? TIA!
  2. Butterfly

    ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!
    Do you have water tests? API freshwater tests are best. Other than weekly partial water changes and substrate vacuums if you have ammonia or Nitrites then your tank isn't cycled and needs a water change.
  3. JRC3

    JRC3Well Known MemberMember

    How was your tank and/or filter cycled? Or how long has the tank and/or filter been set up?
  4. Eienna

    EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    Did you test with a liquid kit or the strips?
    I would wait at least another 4 days, personally.
  5. Aquarist

    AquaristFishlore LegendMember

  6. JoannaB

    JoannaBWell Known MemberMember

    Hmm, this Colony thing looks promising, doesn't it?