The height of my tank itself is 2ft tall, the height of the tank plus the height of the stand is 57 inches tall, I just measured. I use a bench to stand on when I change water and clean the gravel.
When I said it could slide off the stand I didn't mean all at once, that is why I put the word, slowly, in my post. I have seen tanks slide "slowly" when they aren't sitting level, and if left alone will eventually slide enough to fall.
Yes, doing a water change will prolong the cycle, that's the price you pay for cycling with fish. You have to do water changes to keep the toxins at a tolerable level for your fish or they will die, it's that simple. Testing the water with a quality liquid test kit is the only way to know for sure when it is time to change water and how much. Until you are testing at least once a day, I recommend you change a good amount of water daily, at least half the volume of the tank. There is not enough bacteria, if any, in the water to make a difference to the cycle. Bacteria grows in the filter media, and on hard surfaces in the tank. Re-read this thread, it will answer your cycling questions, http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492
If you think the lighting on the tank is that ugly go to the lfs and buy lights in a different spectrum. You don't have live plants in the tank so it isn't as though you need a specific k value. The packaging will tell you what each light will do. For example, bring out colors of the fish, plants, daylight, etc... Just make sure you buy the correct size and type for your fixture, the lfs people can help you decide.
Last edited by mommy1; 02-09-2013 at 01:12 PM.
When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
Everything Happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.
I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
A moderator on a fish forum should be able to identify an oscar... Don't you think?