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Phantom bantam’s first tank Aqua Nano 40 (55litre)

I have recently set up this aquarium as a christmas gift to my twins (it's for me really but don't tell the better half). Was advised by the shop to run for a fortnight then have water tested before adding some fish.

I have since found out that fishless cycling would be better but they are already in there.

I have had 4 harlequin rasboras in for 3 weeks. Fish place gave me API quick start so was dosed with that and fish added after acclimation. Using the API liquid master test kit I consistently return zero on all tests daily since a week after fish added when I got the test kit. PH is showing at 7.2 and temperature is 26 deg C

Fish Place also tested the water 5 days ago with the same results.

I have been feeding lightly every other day.

Surely I should have seen some readings by now or is that wishful thinking. Could someone please offer some advice?

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You may have got lucky and the api starter might have worked for you, although there are only 3 we know definitely work, its highly possible this has worked for you because you have kept the feeding and stock numbers down, so the bacteria has managed to establish without causing your fish to go through a fish in cycle. Keep an eye on the levels, if there is no change then you should be able to stock gradually from there Smile
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Welcome to . As above, could be that you have gotten lucky and the filter start has actually worked! Keep testing every couple of days to make sure the levels are staying correct!
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Thanks for the replies. I’ll keep up testing and see how we go. How long would you recommend I wait before adding more fish as I’ve seen that harlequins should be kept in groups of 6 or more?

And also what would be slightly larger fish that I could keep with them so the kids can pick their own after Christmas?
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It would depend long term on you water hardness which you can look up on your water suplier website, even then you wouldnt be able to add fish that are too big as the tank isnt too big (2ft long?).
I would leave it a couple of weeks before adding more just to make sure things are stable.
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Great thanks. I realise it’s quite small. I’m meaning just something slightly larger that could be kept in pairs with maybe a bit of colour. It’s the kids first pets

I’ll look up the suggested info on hardness though thank you
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Don't add any more than 4 when you add new fish. Wink Also add some more of the Quick Start when you do.
Your water must be similar to that in the Quick Start bottle for it to have done anything. Wink
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Here is my water hardness info

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Pretty soft at 3.08dgh (german hardness) Smile
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