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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    The Ammo-Lock is not needed. You need to test the ammonia and nitrite daily and the readings will tell you how much water to change. For example since you said you currently have .5ppm ammonia and it is recommended to keep them around .25ppm or less when cycling with fish you should do at least a 50% water change. A slightly bigger one would be better to give some breathing room on the ammonia levels.
    In regards to the 50% water change.. Since it looks like I'll be putting them all in the new tank, should I put the old tank's water in the new tank? It'll fill less than half of it, so would the effect be similar to a 50% change?

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    Oops I just edited but too late for your question. Don't use old tank water, new water is best for your fish. Yes, using all new water would be your water change for the day.
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    There are no BB (beneficial bacteria) in tank water, they reside mainly in your filter media, and minimally on your hardscape (substrate, rocks, deco, etc)

    So no need to transfer the water, use fresh dechlored water
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    So. My latest water sample came back with nitrates.. Does that mean my tank cycled? There is just so much information to take in, and the current article I'm reading says that once Nitrates are detected the cycling is complete..

    The last test had 0 Nitrites, Under 20 Nitrates, and 0.25-0.5 ammonia.

    What the heck does this mean!

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    Cycling is not complete until you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrItes, and some nitrAtes

    Continue to do water changes until you've reached those levels
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Cycling is not complete until you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrItes, and some nitrAtes

    Continue to do water changes until you've reached those levels
    I'm doing the big change tonight and hopefully that puts it down to 0 ammonia.

    Once it is down to 0 and I have nitrates would that mean the cycling is done?!

    If it is done that means I managed to make it through, clueless, with no fishy deaths.. Knock on wood..

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    Yes, no ammonia or trites...and you want to get the trates to 20 ppm or less, with a large water change at the end...then you are done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    Yes, no ammonia or trites...and you want to get the trates to 20 ppm or less, with a large water change at the end...then you are done!
    I'd like to say that was a lot easier than I thought it would be. But I don't want to jinx it... But seriously. If that was it I will be thrilled.

    I've been waking up in the night to check on my fishies because I've been having tank nightmares.

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    I'd like to say that was a lot easier than I thought it would be. But I don't want to jinx it... But seriously. If that was it I will be thrilled.

    I've been waking up in the night to check on my fishies because I've been having tank nightmares.

    If you use Seachem Prime to condition your water, it will bind up to 4ppm of ammonia and turn it to ammonium (not toxic to fish) for up to 48 hours. This means that your fish are safe for at least 24 hours. It also protects against nitrite poisoning for at least 24 hours.

    So you can test for ammonia and nitrites right before you go to bed, and add Seachem Prime (dosing for the total aquarium volume). It's enough time for you to get a good night's rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    If you use Seachem Prime to condition your water, it will bind up to 4ppm of ammonia and turn it to ammonium (not toxic to fish) for up to 48 hours. This means that your fish are safe for at least 24 hours. It also protects against nitrite poisoning for at least 24 hours.

    So you can test for ammonia and nitrites right before you go to bed, and add Seachem Prime (dosing for the total aquarium volume). It's enough time for you to get a good night's rest.
    Awesome! How come I haven't heard about this until now?! I'm definitely going to pick some up on the way home. And it is fine to put in a cycling tank?

    Oh I know. It has been a week and they seem to be doing really well. I had one tetra that wouldn't come out of the house for days, but they are all out and about and looking good. So fingers crossed!

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