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Old 10-07-2013, 07:40 AM   #1 
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Nutrafin Cycle Question

Im on my second day of using Nutrafin Cycle and the Nitrates are at 20ppm and the Nitrites are between 1 and 3ppm. I should still do a water change as well as add the day 3 amount of this product to my tank right? Not sure what the ammonia is but itll be ready in about 4 minutes lol
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Are there fish in that tank? If so, change water until nitrite is below 0.25ppm. Same for ammonia.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:44 PM   #3 
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Yes should I not be using this with fish!?
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:18 AM   #4 
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It's fine to use with fish. But you still have to manage your water. <0.25ppm ammonia or nitrite.

That's really not the best treatment for speeding up the cycle, if that's what you hope to do.
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oh lol yes I was. I did do a water change the other day when i asked, I thought thats what it was for? Wow lol I feel dumb
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There are two kinds of nitrifying bacteria. Cycle has heterotrophic, which dissolves gunk and builds a biofilm that gives the real bacteria (autotrophic) something to attach to.

It has a long shelf-life, which indicates it's not live bacteria. It helps speed up the cycle. But you still have to wait for the bacteria to fall out of the sky into your tank.

Look for a product that says on the bottle that it has Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira (or Nitrobacter). These are the bacteria that perform the nitrogen cycle.

Tetra Safestart, ATM Colony, API Quickstart, Niteout work fine if you get them fresh. Check the sell-by date. My favorite is Dr Tim's One-and-Only, which is shipped fresh from the factory in an insulated container. So it's most likely to get to your tank fresh and healthy. It's the most expensive of the bunch.

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