So, this is week 3 after I stocked my tank. This week starts with my Ammonia at zero, Nitrites from 3 to 5, and Nitrates detectable but low. My pH is also 6.0 to 6.5. I’ve been doing daily 25% water changes and using PRIME to detoxify the nitrites, and STABILITY to try and push my cycle.
Whew! All of these partial water changes are getting OLD! Next time I’ll put more effort into cycling properly.
Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been dealing with this week:
1) Still trying to cycle. Already discussed this one, but dang!
2) I lost a Rainbowfish. One second he was fine, gobbling food like a champ. The next he was tumbling around in the current. It could have been a ‘choking’ problem (see my last post). It could also have been my terrible chemistry.
3) My Corys don’t seem to be eating much. They do bumble around to the shrimp pellets eventually, but the Rainbows are eating those as they fall to the substrate and I’m afraid it is dangerous for them. I need to do something, and fast!
4) My plants are a problem. Not for the fish, but for me. During water changes they are uprooting and floating around. I’m constantly reaching into my tank to replant them. Also, I keep having to move them around as they grow. I sort of want tall ones in the back. Short ones in the front. They are also ugly. The new growth on them is green and nice, but the leaves that came on them look a deep red. I understand this is to be expected from transplanted foliage, but blech.
5) This week, on the advice of a well-established MAC member, I got an API test kit to replace my test strips. Perhaps the test kit is more accurate than the strips, but I can’t much tell the difference, for example, between moderately light purple and moderately dark purple, leaving me relatively clueless about my nitrates: are they 3.0 or 5.0? Is my pH 6.0 or 6.5 (a shade of green I can’t discern)? I just can’t tell. Old eyes, I guess. Someday I’m going to see if there is a digital solution.
The pictures show my straggly and eclectic collection of plants.
Next time: Cycled at last! and plant problem tackled.