Thread: Cycling with Chemicals
05-30-2013, 07:45 PM #11
Bacteria booster is not a chemical but a water conditioner. I've cycled several times using it with no problem. All boosters are not equal, however. I add it at the same time I add fish but also am careful to only start with a few fish at a time.
Doesn't the directions tell you to add fish at the same time?
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 05-30-2013 at 07:47 PM.
05-30-2013, 10:11 PM #12
05-30-2013, 10:39 PM #13
That said, it looks like your going with, "a cycle with fish". Test for ammonia daily at the start and change 30% of the tank water when ammonia readings get over 0.25ppm.
Test for nitrites and ammonia as the days go by and again get ready for water changes so your stock aren't harmed.
Most important, as Lady Hobbs said; " start with a few fish at a time."
This is very important or you'll have difficulty keeping up with the water changes.
When you get to the point in your testing where there are readings of 0ppm ammonia and nitrites, the cycle process is complete for now. Add stock slowly as you go forward. Let the BB grow to meet the demand. Over stocking at this point will get you an ammonia spike where your starting over again with the water changes.
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06-02-2013, 11:10 PM #14
Ok, thanks for the advice!
Verified water chemistry again today, nothing changed essentially, so I plan on beginning soon...
Question though: the water has been milky for several days, not terribly so, but enough to be a little annoying. What's up with this?
06-03-2013, 06:23 PM #15Banned Guppy
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You're probably having a bacterial bloom (heterotrophic bacteria). If you have added ammonia, this is their food source. Nothing to worry about. They are not efficient at processing ammonia, and yet can slow down the cycling of the aquarium. If you're having some oxygen/ air bubble running, and you still have no fish, turn it off for 2~3 days. If you are in a hurry to introduce your fish (follow Lady Hobbs' advice, 2 or 3 hardy fish), reduce the amount of O2.
Make sure you have sufficient substrates, at least 1.5 inches.
Also, do not mix bacterial supplements (at least for now).