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  1. Ok, good to know! I'm glad that's the case, it almost seemed like one was "bullying" the other, because it's always the larger one chasing the smaller one. So I'm happy it's just young fish playing around! They both love threading through the plant leaves, and the cutest thing is when they swim through the bubbles over and over again and "ride" them up like an elevator. I've seen one of them swim into the glass cups several times and hang out in there for a bit. Cracks me up. He could swim anywhere, but chooses to quarantine himself for a moment. Again, thank you for the information along the way, it has helped so much!
  2. Thanks! I had a lot of time to set it up while waiting for it to cycle. I really hope they are happy - it's been so fun watching them settle in and learning their personalities. I have noticed that when I feed them, they both eat about the same amount until there's only a little bit of food left. Then one of them seems to play "defense" and physically block and/or chase the smaller one away from the last bit of food. Is this normal/expected?
  3. Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the help with the fishless cycle. Settled these cuties into their tank a couple days ago. They are adorable and hilarious! They've been actively exploring every inch of their new surroundings and don't seem shy at all.
  4. On Cycle Day 24... Yesterday my levels were: High Range pH: 8.2 Ammonia: 0.0 Nitrite: 0.25 Nitrate: 5.0 I did a water change and added ammonia to bring it to 1.0. Today (24 hours later), my levels are: High Range pH: 8.3 Ammonia: 0.5 Nitrite: 0.25 Nitrate: 20.0 Am I still on track?
  5. I know, so close... almost there! I've refrained from cleaning the tank at all since I'm in the middle of the cycle, and some algae is starting to grow... Green algae on the sides of the tank and brown on the plants/wood. I'm assuming that's ok during the cycle and I should wait to clean it until it's fully cycled? (I'm having a hard time NOT cleaning it...) 😁
  6. A couple days ago the ammonia had fallen to 0 with Nitrite=5.0 and Nitrate=30.0, so I did a 75% water change. I attached a pic of what the levels are today. The ammonia is pretty straight forward, but want to make sure I'm reading the Nitrite/Nitrate correctly? The side-by-side pic of the Nitrate shows the difference in color when I hold the tube either 1/2" away from the chart (Left), or directly on the chart (Right). It changes the color quite a bit. This is exactly what I've been doing - if Ammonia reads 0 (checking it daily or every other day), then I do a large water change (because the Nitrites are always elevated also), and then add Ammonia back in to bring it to 1.0. So looking at my levels today, it seems like I'm close to being fully cycled (once the Nitrites fall on their own)? There is one local shop near me that has a ton of different types of fish, but in the couple times I've called, they don't seem to know what they'll have until the week it comes in. They also weren't sure whether they had Ryukins or something else. And my understanding is that it's difficult to tell when they are young whether they are Ryunkin or slim-bodied? (This is all based on what I've read, I don't really know ). There is a local Koi shop also, but they said they don't guarantee their goldfish for indoor aquariums (understandable) and they only have 4" fantails in stock, and weren't sure what kind they were. I'm sort of on hold anyway, until I get this tank squared away... hopefully I'll find the perfect goldfish pair once the time comes!
  7. Thanks for checking in, it's coming along! Day 14 of the cycle today. I've done a couple water changes since Wednesday to keep the nitrites in check. The ammonia I add is being fully consumed within a day so I think I'm on track? But the nitrite level is still elevated. Once I *think* it's fully cycled, I'm planning on adding 4.0 ammonia to ensure the ammonia/nitrite levels will be 0 after 24 hours. Then...it's fish time! I've been looking for a couple slim-bodied fantails, but haven't had too much luck sourcing them. It seems to be hit or miss, so I'm open to suggestions.
  8. Oh wow, ok! Hopefully I've got the hang of it now - will test parameters again this evening, do a water change, and see what I've got tomorrow. Thanks so much for your help. I was expecting to wait a few more weeks to add fish. I guess the live plants played a part in expediting the cycle.
  9. Tested the parameters again after ~24 hours (from what I did in the last post), so this is Day 9 of the fishless cycle: High Range pH: 8.2 Ammonia: 1.0 Nitrite: 5.0 Nitrate: 20.0 Am I doing something wrong? It looks more similar to what should happen around Day 30, instead of Day 9, based on what I read?
  10. If I'm understanding you correctly, the plants helped push me into Week 4 of the fishless cycling (based on the article here) in terms of nitrites? Here's what I did: 1) 50% water change with this result: Ammonia: 0.25 Nitrite: 2.0 I can only assume that the nitrites continued to elevate between early yesterday when I measured and tonight before I changed the water, because after a 50% water change, the nitrite levels increased (they were 1.0 yesterday morning; should have re-tested before the water change tonight). 2) I then did a 75% water change with this result: Ammonia: 0.0 Nitrite: 0.5 3) Added ammonia to bring it back to: Ammonia: 3.0-4.0 range Will I have to check levels every day and do water changes if nitrites again rise above 1.0? And also monitor for adding more ammonia if it drops below a certain level? At what point do I add Prime? Again, I can't thank you enough for the guidance!
  11. Ah, ok. Thanks for the info. How much water should I change out? 50%? More? Or whatever it takes to get nitrites back to 0? I appreciate the input. I wasn't planning on water changes until much later in the process... Still learning.
  12. Day 1 of the fishless cycle, I slowly added ammonia until I got the following readings: High Range pH: 8.4 Ammonia: 4.0 Nitrite: 0.0 Nitrate: 0.0 Today is Day 7 of the cycle: High Range pH: 8.2 Ammonia: 3.0 Nitrite: 1.0 Nitrate: 5.0 I did add an Anubias and some marimo moss balls, but that is the only change from Day 1. I wasn't expecting to see Nitrites/Nitrates yet? Is this unexpected? Are there any adjustments I should make?
  13. Thanks for the feedback! I added the ammonia today and am now waiting...
  14. High Range pH: 7.5 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 0 I added Flourite black sand with a few rocks and a java fern, and the filter has been running for a couple days. I retested the water for a baseline (before I planned on adding ammonia), with these results: High Range pH: 8.3 Ammonia: 0 Nitrite: 0 Nitrate: 3-5? Do the elevated pH and Nitrate levels make sense? Is there anything else I should consider before adding the ammonia (using the Fishless Cycle guide on this site)?
  15. Hello! I am looking forward to getting goldfish in the near future, but for now I'm researching and taking my time to (hopefully) set things up properly with a fishless cycle. Advice is welcome and appreciated. I tested the tap water first, with the following results:
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