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    Hey

    I had a 55 gallon tank up and running for nearly two decades but recently the silicon sealant began to give way and I had to replace it. I got a new tank, putting my old filters back into it thinking since all the bio-filtration was in the old filters the tank wouldn't have to cycle much even if I replaced all the water.

    But it looks like it did since the water has gotten all cloudy. I have to get more ammonia testers but my nitrates and nitrites are near 0.

    My oscar doesn't seem affected, still darting around raising aqua-hell per usual.

    I guess I'll hope the tank clears over the next few days, keep monitoring my nitrates and nitrites and get ammonia testers.
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    If the filters were out of the tank for any extended period of time (i.e. more than 1/2 day) then your BB is toast. I'm willing to bet you'll have an ammonia buildup soon, which when you test should confirm. Now is the time to keep up on water changes since you have fish in it to keep the ammonia at bay until new BB builds up.
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    definitely definitely gonna need to re-cycle lol, i found "prime" dechlorinator amonia and nitrate/nitrite remover+ slime coat works very well.......i'd suggest trying it out while ur building ur BB

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    I had the exact same thing happen to me once. My cure was to add a bottle of "good bacteria" to the tank. It was back to normal the next day.


    Now their's Stress Zyme which is a bacteria booster, but I don't think that's the exact stuff I used as the stuff I used... you added ONE BOTTLE for a 50g tank! Stress Zyme is dosed by the cap full. Never-the-less... the "good bacteria" is all it took to fix it.

    Sorry I don't have the exact name of the stuff I used... but it worked.
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    Stress Zyme is a required dose every week for like a month. Can't remember exactly. Too much of it and you'll have slime city. Prime will neutralize the nitrites but it also takes 5 times the amount used for a dechlorinator. I think I'd grab a bacteria booster like StartRight or Seachems Stability or another better product. Don't waste your money on "Cycle". It's useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Stress Zyme is a required dose every week for like a month. Can't remember exactly. Too much of it and you'll have slime city. Prime will neutralize the nitrites but it also takes 5 times the amount used for a dechlorinator. I think I'd grab a bacteria booster like StartRight or Seachems Stability or another better product. Don't waste your money on "Cycle". It's useless.
    +1

    Stress Zyme is also effective though it is a little foamy, I use Big Als forumla but its the same as stress zyme (according to them)

    Stability, SafeStart, and Stress Zyme all work well, the new Cycle works a lot like they do but I wouldnt trust it. The old cycle isnt worth the bottle its inside of.

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    Have you read the free ebook yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    Stress Zyme is a required dose every week for like a month. Can't remember exactly. Too much of it and you'll have slime city. Prime will neutralize the nitrites but it also takes 5 times the amount used for a dechlorinator. I think I'd grab a bacteria booster like StartRight or Seachems Stability or another better product. Don't waste your money on "Cycle". It's useless.

    Good info on "cycle". I've used that in the past. I'll try the other products should I need them in the future.
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    I tested my ammonia which was .25. There were 2 Tetra "tank starter" packets in the 55 gallon Wal-mart kit I got containing chlorine eliminator and bacterial seeding each for 30 gal. I changed out 30 gallons of water and used one of the packets instead of my usual chlorine remover. Hopefully this will help some.

    Oscar still seems OK.
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    I would stick with a good dechlorinator.
    What type of test kit do you use?
    When the ammonia begins to rise then 60-70% water changes are best.You may end up doing them daily for a while.Prime is a good one to use if you can get it because it goes so far.I go through bottles of aqua plus!lol
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