Originally Posted by buko
Thanks for the replys. .......
I'm kinda getting confused with all the replys haha..I've researched cycleing ...but more info from you guys n girls would be better ... I want to have tropical shoaling fish community but it will be low to the ground will this affect the diff lvl swimming fish? I'm going to get a water testing kit any suggested ones ? Also is having one or two larger fish with a few small shoals of small fish work?? Thanks you all ....mike
I know, it can be pretty confusing. lol Basically, for fishless cycling I believe you must add pure ammonia to kickstart it, and then do water changes over the course of about a month, while monitering the water parameters... I believe there is an ammonia spike followed by a nitrate spike. I have never cycled an aquarium before, so don't count me on it. All of my tanks were set up before I had ever heard of it.
No, the tank being low to the ground shouldn't affect it at all. The only negative of having tanks very low to the ground is when you are doing water changes (cleaning) and you are using is gravel vaccume. It can be a real pain in the but getting it going, without sucking on the end which fortunately I have never had to do. For the water testing kit, make sure you get a liquid one, and not the test strips as the strips are much less accurate. The test kit I have seen is in purple packaging and I think it is hagen brand. That is what my local pet store uses...
It really depends on the larger fish. Goldfish wouldn't work as they would think of anything smaller than them as a tasty snack. Many large fish are aggressive and will also nom on your little schoolers. Such as the common Oscar, they are a species of Cichlid. Cichlids are a group of aggressive fish that come from the Great Lakes in Africa and some from the Amazon River Basin (I believe) in South America. They should really only be kept in cichlid only tanks. But, since most cichlids are a really nice looking fish a lot of people throw them into a community only for them to tear it up to shreds. The only large fish that I can think of working is possibly one of the smaller species of gourami like the honey gourami. I wouldn't go for a drawf, however beautiful they are, because they are known to carry a disease that is only really prevelant in their species, called the dwarf gourami iridovirous (I think I spelt that wrong haha). It is also a pain in the but. Honey gourami are much more peaceful and the males are pretty nice looking too.