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NFC: New tank cycle



                                    This is kind of a long message but here I go. I have a 38 gal tank, artificial plants and  artifical tree roots, pea gravel for my substrate, Eheim 2213 cannister filter, and a 4 inch air stone to agitate the water surface. I collected 4 fish to get my tank started and since they are on the small side I figured 4 would'nt be too many. 2 Tessellated darters, 1 brown bullhead, all just under 2 inches, and 1 young sunfish, about an inch long. They were put in the tank on August 7. I had no ammonia traces until August 14, with a reading  of 0.25 ppm. On August 15 the water was a little cloudy, I assume this was the "bacteria bloom" and the ammonia reading was still 0.25ppm. A note here back on the 12th of August I did  a 10% water change. On August 17 the ammonia level was now 0.50. On August 19 did a 20% water change, and also vacuum the gravel at this time. By  August 22 the water is clear and has remained that way. Did another 20% water change on August 26 and vacuumed the gravel. The ammonia level is still reading 0.50, I guess the good thing is, it isn't going up, but should'nt it be coming down soon.  I know, from what I have read that the nitrogen cycle takes a while, is this normal at this point. The test kit I'm using is made by Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, put tank water in a vile, 8 drops of solution #1 and 8 drops of solution #2, shake it and wait 5 minutes. Now I think I gave everyone out there more info than just my name, rank, and serial #. 
                                                                                Rookie fish head,  Terry