Hey everyone! I haven't been here in awhile since I've just come back from a three-week trip around California. Not sure if any of you remember me, but I asked a lot of questions about fishless cycling and helped some others who had questions about the process. It seems many of those regulars no longer post here... anyway, long story short, I started a fishless cycle with ammonia in April and was frustrated at how long it was taking to see results. My nitrites spiked after almost a month, but they never went down and neither did the ammonia. Something must have happened to cause it to stall. I told myself if I saw no improvements I would empty out the tank, get my fish, and start all over with a fish-in cycle once I got back from my trip.
I've done exactly that! I went out and bought a beautiful red/blue/purple crowntail male. I've had him for almost a week now and everything is going great. He's lively, eating with no problems, swimming all around the tank, following my finger, flaring when I put a mirror up to the tank, "riding" the current from my filter outflow. It's pretty cute. I've named him Vie (it means "life" in French - I just love the language a lot!) but I've kind of taken to just saying... "fishy".
Here are some pictures: