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Nieve5552

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    Nieve5552
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    Thank you :)

    I did a fishless cycle for a week using Nutrafin cycle, in hindsight i think most people on this forum would say that it was not done long enough but i got the water tested before adding the fish and all the readings were 0 and the staff at an aquarium store told me that it would be fine to add some fish..

    I added the fish on the 7th, and got some water testing done at a pet store around the 10th and the 14th. Both times the ammonia level showed 0.25 with both nitrite and nitrate 0. I also added some plants (dwarf hairgrass) around the 11th so that may have helped with keeping the nitrate down I assume?

    I was pretty interested with the fishless cycle using pure ammonia but I have no idea where to find such a product (I live in New Zealand) so I went with the next thing I found (the nutrafin cycle)

    I also have put a teabag of Indian almond leaves just before I introduced the fish to keep the water nice, Im hoping it helped..

    The cherry barbs seem to have now realised that there are no predators in this environment, and that big animal (me) moving around close to the tank means there will be food Laugh so they’re moving around much more in front of the tank these days

    They seem to be showing some spawning behaviour as well, the females dive into and wriggle around in the fake silk plant and the new dwarf hairgrass with males rubbing on their sides. I read somewhere that this is them laying eggs, and I think I saw some really tiny white dots floating around in the water (possibly eggs?)

    Although Im not really expecting to get baby barbs since they eat their own eggs and fry when opportunity arises but it is quite interesting nontheless Laugh

     

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