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Old 12-11-2012, 08:08 AM   #21 
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And Callistra had great results with Dr Tim's One-and-Only. Dr Tim Hovanec invented the formula he sold to Tetra for their Safestart.

His new product worked very well for Callistra's fishless cycle.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...r-tims-122044/

But I've been reading the manufactuters' sites and other fora. I infer that these two products work best for fishless cycling. Read up on it before you commit.

Cycling stresses patience and builds character. ;-}

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Old 12-11-2012, 02:58 PM   #22 
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Yeah, I don't think I will use it with this tank for sure, because there are already fish in it and it's already on it's way. BUT if I ever have to cycle again I might try one of those products.


I just tested my water and this is what I got:

Looks to me like ammonia is still 0.25 (or maybe in between 0.25-0.50?), nitrite is 0.25 (YAY) and nitrate is still 5.0 (or in between 0-5.0). I haven't done a water change yet, but was planning on doing it today. What do you think??
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:59 PM   #23 
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Looks like it's starting. Change the ammonia and nitrite out to <0.25ppm.

Why do your test tubes look cloudy to me? I'm used to seeing through them.

Once this tank is cycled, you'll always have live nitrifying bacteria to seed any new tank you start. You only ever have to cycle once.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:43 PM   #24 
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I haven't done a water change yet but will do a 50% shortly. I took that photo with my cell phone and I think it's just at a weird angle...they are clear in person.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:07 PM   #25 
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Okay, so I did a 50% water change last night.

I just tested my water, and my nitrites look higher than they were last night. My ammonia looks to be about the same, or maybe a little higher. Nitrates are the same. I used Stress Coat in place of Aqua Safe for the first time last night, not sure if that would make a difference. I am going to do another 50% water change now.
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So I guess daily water changes during the nitrite spike are recommended from everything I've been reading. This morning my nitrite was almost 1.0, just did another water change.

Any idea how long this part lasts? My fish seem fine but I'm sure it has to be stressful.
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From reading, talking with other keepers and from my own personal experience, the nitrite stage is the most unpredictable. Some cycles produce little noticeable nitrite, sometimes the nitrite is high and takes weeks to get rid of.

Just change water to keep it<0.25ppm and watch for an increase in nitrate.

StressCoat is nice for the fish, but does nothing, either way, for the cycle.
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Good to know. I ended up doing 2 50% changes yesterday - one in the morning and one in the evening. Nitrates read 0.25 two hours after the second water change. I will just keep testing and hope they go away soon. :)
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Keep up on the changes and exercise patience. Keep in mind: this is the last cycle you'll ever have to do. From now on you'll always have live nitrifying bacteria to seed your tanks.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:18 AM   #30 
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Lucky for my fish, I don't mind doing water changes. I've been pretty much doing one every time I see my ghost shrimps swimming wildly around the tank. After the water change they are happy again :)
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