I’ve done a 50% water change with dechlorinated water and got the ammonia down to around 3ppm now.
I’ll now continue with the article on ammonia cycling.
One question I do have is, do I continue to keep ammonia levels at 3ppm until nitrites have a zero reading? When do I stop feeding ammonia? Or does that never stop as long as I want the filter to continue to harbour the beneficial bacteria?
I use the Sera test kit. I’ll test again in a moment and see if anything changes. If so I’ll do a water change as you have advised. So anything above 5ppm ammonia prohibits a cycle? As does chlorinated water.
Accidental single guppy fry in my tank - water hardness concern
I'm new to fishkeeping: not just this site, to the actual keeping of fish.
For various reasons, but mainly due to bad store advice, I'm doing a fish-in cycle:
74 litre tank - 2.6ft long 8 neon tetra's 6 danios (2 zebra & 4 leopard) 1 guppy fry (accidental purchase, shop just said they didn't know what it was and didn't charge me for it) 2 x zebra snails 4 x Malaysian Trumpet snails Various live plant life.
pH 6.8 - 7.0 dGH - 5 dKH - 2
So reading the care sheet for guppy's, they need a gDH of 10-30. My tank water with regular changes is 5 (which is fine for the neon's and danio's).
I was keeping the temp at 22c which I'll now increase to 23c.
Will the guppy be able to adapt to softer water, or will it have a detrimental effect on it? If it'll end up hurting the little guy, which actually seems to be doing rather well, I'd rather rehouse him to a someone with a suitable tank.