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  1. Default Testing the tank water


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    Hello

    I set up a tank after 4-5 years of it being sat in the shed collecting mold. I cleaned it as advised by members on here and have now filled the tank with water. I used a declorineater and a kick start the filters.
    I have gone for a substrate and sand as i want to grow plants also looks better.
    The readings I get are

    Temp: 24C
    pH 7
    Ammoinia 2ppm
    Nitare and Nitrite both 0

    Are these readings OK or do i need to do anything before I think of planting it out at the weekend then fish the following weekend?

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    You can start planting now if you wish. But you are no where near cycled for fish yet. If you haven't checked it out there is the fishless cycle sticky in the beginners section. You are looking for reads of Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 and Nitrates < 20 ppm.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Thanks Compass. Will check ou the sticky.

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    If this was filled with tap and nothing added then I'd be rather concerned where that ammonia reading comes from

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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    If this was filled with tap and nothing added then I'd be rather concerned where that ammonia reading comes from
    Sorry got the readings in the wrong way

    Ammoina was zero
    Cant remember which was at 2pm Nitrate or rite will have to recheck tonight.

    It was filled with tap water then I added a de-chlorinater to the tank then a quick start solution a local pet/fish shop sold me. Testing done 2 days afterwards.

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    A tank is not going to be ready for fish in two days unless you use a cycled filter from another established tank. Not even with what ever that was in the bottle they sold you. Here is the link to cycling with ammonia again http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
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    1. You can plant all you want a uncycled tank, but never can you add fish unless your doing your cycle with fish which is looked down on, on this forum and only recommended if no other way is possible.

    2. If you bought a Product to block Ammonia it should never be used during the cycling of your tank, since it will give you a false test reading. If you bought a product that is meant to cycle your tank it will not. It will only help speed up the cycling process not cycle it instantly.
    Wife's Tank
    20 Gallon tall
    In the process of heavily planting with dual T5's
    After planted and cycled- 6-Pygmy Cories, 4-Red Wag Platys, 6-X-ray Tetras and 2 Mystery Snails.

    My tank
    120 Gallon with 2 Florida Atlantic Stingrays and 6-12 Mystery Snails - when I finish cycling my wife's tank.

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