Thank you mattgirl . This is why we pay you the big bucks!
So was I imagining that softeners have had an effect on the cycling process for some folks? No need for you to be kind in your response if I was. :)
A fully cycled tank should process 2 ppm of ammonia through to nitrates in 24 hours. In other words, 0 ammonia and nitrites and some level of nitrates.
I’ve never kept them, but I’d be sure your tank is fully cycled and established if you plan to keep shrimp.
The ”no water changes“ for 2 weeks is the part of TSS that I don’t care for. But it does work for some folks.
If this was my tank, I’d use your current conditioner and continue with water changes as your tests dictate.
I don’t use TSS (and really not much of a fan if I’m being honest), but if I understand your question. . .
TSS is a bottled bacteria, not a dechlorinator. While some folks have used it and had success in speeding up the cycling process, it doesn’t detoxify low levels of ammonia (or act as a...
Your pH and temperature are fine for cycling, but given your ammonia level, I’m not ready to call your tank cycled.
What level have you been dosing ammonia to and when is the last time you dosed? One of the reasons I ask is your very low nitrate level after 2 months of cycling. Are you...
I wouldn’t worry about it at this point. . . Leave them be. And I know you’re watching them close. :)
Allow mattgirl some time to weigh in on your softener. . . I have no experience with them. If my water was any softer, it would be air! :D
Let me double check on the softener. . .
mattgirl Am I imagining this (been known to happen), or have some folks had issues cycling because of water softeners? Or was it simply that the pH was too low as a result of the softener? In this case, the pH seems ok.
Do the goldfish seem interested...
My opinion about what water to use and whether to remove the goldfish to another container. . .
I would let things be for now and not change anything (other than doing water changes, of course). Allow them to settle in for a bit but keep a close eye on things.
The directions for Prime suggest dosing based on the entire volume of the tank, no matter how much water you’re changing.
Some folks bypass their softeners, but if your fish were ok with the softened water, I’d continue to use it.
How are the fish today?
P.S. As best I can tell, Prime has...
Yep, very cool to watch!
No, the time for them to be fertilized has passed and there’s nothing you can do. . . Except remove them when you start to see fungus growing.
Don’t get discouraged. So long as you keep them well, Rams can be like the gift that keeps giving. . . I think you’ll get...
Given your previous level of ammonia and the fact that you’ve only done one very small water change, those test results don’t make much sense to me. Are there any live plants in the tank?
So here’s my best suggestion until you can get the API Master Test kit. . . I’d do a 50% water change...
Getting the API Master Test kit is a great idea! Are you testing for nitrites and what has your pH dropped to?
How long has this tank been running with fish in it?
I just noticed in your initial post that you cleaned the filter. Unless the filter becomes clogged or you notice water flow...
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The cloudy water is likely a bacteria bloom.
When doing a fish-in cycle, consistent (maybe daily) water changes are a must. Here’s my suggestion. . . Test your water parameters daily and change enough water to keep the combined level of ammonia and nitrites at or below...
Like so many fish keeping subjects, you’ll find different opinions about the effect of high ammonia levels on the cycling process. Everything from no impact at all, to growing strains of bacteria different than those we “typically need” in our tanks to bringing the cycle to a complete stop...
This is just my personal opinion and I obviously have no idea about the quality of your tap water, but I think tap water is fine for most tanks.
I’d transfer the snails over and continue to test the water parameters (just ammonia to start) of the new tank daily.
You’re familiar with the...