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Rocksor wrote: prime only detoxifies up to 1ppm of ammonia, so if your ammonia goes over, prime won't be able to do anything over 1ppm.


Did not know that. Ok, I will test at least every other day and do WC as needed.

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I can't recommend cycling w/ the fish you have chosen, especially the cichlids(I am a proponent of fish-in cycling) I would have recommended hardy live-bearers like swordtails or platys, but just monitor the ammonia & nitrite, as this process will take 8-10 weeks to complete(that's why your nitrates are low; they are the end product of a complete cycle)& do frequent small partial WC's to keep the amm/nitrites at less than lethal levels for your fish.

Bear in mind that since you have chosen cichlids to cycle your tank, & are exposing them to elevated levels of ammonia & nitrite, they will be more susceptible to HITH/LLE later in life, & that they may not survive this process at all(nitrite is particularly toxic to fish).

If you know someone who has a long-established biological filter, perhaps he/she could give you some filter media to add to your filters to help kick-start the process.

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Darth Nandopsis wrote: I can't recommend cycling w/ the fish you have chosen, especially the cichlids(I am a proponent of fish-in cycling) I would have recommended hardy live-bearers like swordtails or platys, but just monitor the ammonia & nitrite, as this process will take 8-10 weeks to complete(that's why your nitrates are low; they are the end product of a complete cycle)& do frequent small partial WC's to keep the amm/nitrites at less than lethal levels for your fish.

Bear in mind that since you have chosen cichlids to cycle your tank, & are exposing them to elevated levels of ammonia & nitrite, they will be more susceptible to HITH/LLE later in life, & that they may not survive this process at all(nitrite is particularly toxic to fish).

If you know someone who has a long-established biological filter, perhaps he/she could give you some filter media to add to your filters to help kick-start the process.


Thanks for the info. Had the fish in for three weeks now, and have yet to see an ammonia reading over 0.5 (usually it's 0.25ish). I have yet to see a nitrite reading other than 0. All my nitrate readings have been 5 to 10 (same as my tap water).

Been doing 50% WC every weekend. Doing another one as I type this.

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Here's a helpful article for ya:

www.cs.duke.edu/~narten/faq/cycling.html

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Darth Nandopsis wrote: Here's a helpful article for ya:

www.cs.duke.edu/~narten/faq/cycling.html


Good article, thanks. I remember reading it before. Bookmarked it.

My tank is obviously still in the first phase of the cycle. Ammonia is slowly building up between water changes. I have yet to see a Nitrite reading, and the Nitrate is not increasing. I'll keep monitoring and look for the Ammonia to take a dip and the Nitrite to start increasing, and do water changes and continue using Prime.

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There is always going to be ammonia in the water until cycled, I prefer to error on the side of to many water changes. I water test both tanks just about every day for same reason. eventually it will cycle out.

just a personnel preference i guess.
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Popss wrote: There is always going to be ammonia in the water until cycled, I prefer to error on the side of to many water changes. I water test both tanks just about every day for same reason. eventually it will cycle out.

just a personnel preference i guess.


No, I appreciate your input. :)

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