Anyway, took some of my fish water to the amazing fish place in Lancaster last night. (That Fish Place-- no, really, that's the name of it) My water baffled the on-staff marine biologist. I have high ammonia but also a good level of nitrates, which is sort of contradictory. She was asking me all sorts of questions about how long the tank has been set up, am I doing water changes, vacuuming, etc. Apparently, all my water changes are not good. I need to add this stuff called "Cycle" to the tank and leave it alone for a month.
Cycle is basically bacteria in a bottle. I added it to the filter, rather than through the water, and we'll see how things go. I'll probably test the water again at the end of the week and hopefully, the ammonia will have gone down.
My attachment to these fish is crazy.
So while we were there, we were looking at larger tanks because I'd really like to have a couple more fish and I know I'm overcrowded already in my tank. I'm looking at my little guys now and they look healthy. They're all active and my water is clear. Shrug. As we were leaving the store, I looked at one of their fancy show tanks they have in a wall, examples of their custom services, and they have a gorgeous wave tank with like 8 or 9 LARGE goldfish in it that I could see. It was totally contradictory to the inches per gallon rule that I see all over and that the marine biologist lady tried to explain to me.
I also have all the old aquarium equipment from Steve in my garage that I want to clean and prepare. I have no idea where I'd put another 10 gallon tank but the stand is pretty and all the equipment is pretty icky so I want to clean it. I have to sand and repaint the iron stand because it is a little rusty from being up in the attic for years and years.