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  1. I agree with Alex and Fang. If you had no cycle, your cycle would try to reestablish itself and you would get the ammonia at first. And it would get high. The only thing I can suggest if you are really concerned is to take the plants out and see if you get nitrates then. You can always put them back in. I have a 29 gallon with a large singletail. There are about 7 plants in that tank. When I do my weekly water change, the nitrate reading is close to 10. I have a 45 with 2 smaller fancies and about 6 smallish plants. When I do my weekly water changes, the nitrate reading is somewhere between zero and 5. Sometimes you just need to do some experimentation to see what is going on.
  2. When you test your water, you see what is going on with your tank cycle. Trinket has a link in her signature that you can click on for more information. Basically, when you put a fish in new water, ammonia will rise. Next will come the nitrites. Your tank is cycled after the nitrite stage when you have nitrate readings. Ammonia and nitrite are dangerous to your fish, so they need to be monitored so as not to be toxic to your fish. And this can take time and patience. Once my tanks are cycled, my goal is to keep nitrates under 20. It is important to have an accurate test kit. Most here use the API drop kit. You can get the master kit for around 25 bucks.
  3. They are all just gorgeous. Nellie is fantastic.
  4. Those photos are incredible. All of your fish are stunning.
  5. Never have had a problem. Don't use the colored kind. It is my rogue nature, I suppose. But, its rubber. I have rubber holders for airlines and heaters. Some rubber tubing...
  6. I use rubberbands as well. Do keep in mind that they may break after a period of time. Many plants will anchor during that time period, though.
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