My daughter brought home a beautiful boy that her stepgrandmother purchased for her last Wednesday (without asking!). I immediately swung into action, ran to the store and purchased a 2.5 gallon tank with filter, heater, thermometer, water conditioner (Aqueon), food, test strips, an ammonia test kit & decorations. The next day, I purchased an aquarium sponge to baffle the filter...the day after that, I purchased a Master Test Kit...whew!
We acclimated our boy, Alpha, by floating him last Thursday. All the while I'm panicked because we are attempting to do a fish-in cycle, with no one to borrow cycled filter media from.
Ammonia showed up at .25 on Monday, so, it I did a 25-30% pwc then. Ammonia was .50 on Tuesday, so I did a 50% change. Yesterday, back to .25, with a 50% change after. Today, ammonia is at .50. (Tap is at 0).
I am planning on a 50% change today. Nitrites and nitrates both have been 0 all week. PH is 7.4.
Alpha has been a picky, picky eater. Sometimes he eats, sometimes he doesn't. But we have been attempting to feed him a pellet or two, three times a day (removing what he doesn't eat). We also now have flakes and freeze-dried blood worms to try.
Am I on the right track?
Thanks! I'm a nervous wreck!