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K, so after constant issues with my smaller 20 gallon I went and got a new tank. We have no space for a 55 gal., so the 46 gallon was the next best thing since it fit in the hole.

So, In this huge tank I have 10 fish plus a pleco. I MOVED ALL of the gravel over from the old 20 gallon tank, along with the decorations and plants and DID NOT clean them. I added new gravel along with it to this new 46 gallon tank as I didn't have enough old from the smaller 20 gal. tank.

I lost 2 fish on the move, they went belly up in the new tank. I think due to ammonia poisoning from the 20 gallon they were shoved into and Its just too litte too late for those two. So we are down to 8 and a pleco.

The water was crystal clear when I first put it in. I added PRIME and Safe Start along with my 11 fish (but then I lost two overnight remember, so we are down to 9 now). Today the water is just very slightly cloudy and I have an ammonia reading of "stress" on the little test strip. For tonight, as its already past 9 my time and I don't know what to do - I wont be taking any action on the situation.

I have two penguin 150 B bio wheel filters. I put NEW filter media into one of them but KEPT the media from the other. I did rinse the filter catridges out in the sink before I reused them so that may have lost me some bacteria there. Both filters are hooked up and pumping as we speak.

So, I have some questions now in order to do this right and not lose any more fish:

What do I do about this ammonia situation? Why am I showing slight ammonia in a brand new tank of this size with small (inch, inch a half) fish in it, and only 9 of them in there?

What else do I need to do in order to cycle this tank effectively?

Secondly, are two penguin 150 B's enough filtration on a 46 gallon? How much GPH should I be using on a tank this size? Is there a "super" filter I should be using that will ensure my tank is always crystal clear? A better brand, more GPH, anything?

What watt heater do I need for this tank?

Finally, the test strips are OK, but can someone link to me the kit I need that will give me actual number readings on my water for every measurement I would need to take - ph, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, etc...

Thanks in advance all.

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FINALLY - Tank Cycle complete! ALL readings are in the ideal state! SO happy to finally have this finished. Now to slowly add to my collection....

Thanks for all of your help everyone!
 
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