No more fish yet (my tank could probably take at least two more) as I have a bit of new tank syndrome. Basically, the fish are pooping more than the small amount of bacteria that's built up so far in the filter can manage to get rid of. It's a very common problem apparently and the local shop who've set me up with all of this are being really great and helping me sort it out. I need to add the stuff that gets rid of the ammonia and change some of the water today and tomorrow, then take another sample back to the shop on Thursday. The people in the shop did say that the water quality would deteriorate once I introduced fish, but I followed all instructions to the letter so I'm a bit gutted that it's happened to my tank!
I did think about ordering a tank online but I'm glad I didn't as I've been so pleased with the service I've had from this local shop. I even phoned them on Saturday for some advice and they talked me through what I needed to do.
Good news- no ammonia in the fish tank at all, and nitrite levels haven't gone up. I've got yet more chemicals to add and have to keep up with the water changes, but the fish shop bloke says if all goes well I can try adding some more fish on Saturday. Fingers crossed!
I got a chuckle today, watching Bubbie hunt around for a new "favorite place". His favorite places to sleep change from week to week, and it must be time to shop for a new one again. He looked like a feline Goldilocks "No, that's too hard," "No, that's too drafty," "No, that's too soft," etc. Looks like he's settled temporarily for hanging out with an elbow on his scratching post but that's just a thinking spot, not a sleeping spot, so the search isn't over yet.
I guess if all you had to do all day was eat, sleep, fill up a litter box and scratch yourself, you'd be looking for some kind of regular routine too. Must be a rough life. ;-)