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Hellooo!
I’m so glad I found this place. There is so much bad advice out there, and I admit that I keep falling for it!

Quick history: Ive had smallish tanks on and off my whole life. BUT this time I’m determined to do it right (or at least better). So I decided to turn to the village for advice.

Setup:
55 gallon
Fluval 70 hob (is that enough?)
Natgeo black sand substrate
“river rocks” from my landscaping that I soaked and rinsed repeatedly (but is that ok? I can pull them if needed)
2 anubias so far (cultured)

I’ve been cycling for about 2.5 weeks. Upon bad advice, I added 9 White Cloud Mountain minnows after 1 week.

api master kit
Results for tap water today:
pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 1.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10

Results for tank today:
pH: 8.0
Ammonia: .25
Nitrite: 2
Nitrate: 10

What would you recommend next?

Thanks!
 
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Robjoco

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Thanks for the replies!

Yes, the fish are still in.

How do I lower ammonia from .25?

I did a 20% wc last night. Should I go get some ro Water and do another today?
 

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Thanks for the replies!

Yes, the fish are still in.

How do I lower ammonia from .25?

I did a 20% wc last night. Should I go get some ro Water and do another today?
If your tap is always 1ppm, then you need to look in to using a product such as prime. This will help to control the immediacy of the tap ammonia.
The .25 in your tank will hopefully start to work itself out, you need to keep an eye on the Nitrite. It is going to go up. Daily water changes of 50% may be needed to keep it a 1 or so.
If your numbers are correct, and you are tracking them, you are in full cycle mode. Do not use TSS or quickstart at this point. Testing and Partial water changes are your future.
 
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Robjoco

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API Fishcare: Articles

This link will help you with you ammonia problem
Excellent info, thank you!

You could leave it and hope it gets better or you could add more bacteria useing QuickStart to convert the ammonia to nitrites


Lol we used same source
Thanks! That really helps!

I’ll look into this, thanks!
I used SeaChem Stability to help when I added fish during a cycle... Should've waited but the Stability helped speed up the cycle
If your tap is always 1ppm, then you need to look in to using a product such as prime. This will help to control the immediacy of the tap ammonia.
The .25 in your tank will hopefully start to work itself out, you need to keep an eye on the Nitrite. It is going to go up. Daily water changes of 50% may be needed to keep it a 1 or so.
If your numbers are correct, and you are tracking them, you are in full cycle mode. Do not use TSS or quickstart at this point. Testing and Partial water changes are your future.
I’m on it, thank you for the suggestion!
 
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In good news - you have been given good advice already. Prime & Stability will help, both by Seachem & are designed to work together.
Your beneficial bacteria will be strong & should grow to convert your tap water ammonia within 24-48 hours (speaking from experience).
 
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In good news - you have been given good advice already. Prime & Stability will help, both by Seachem & are designed to work together.
Your beneficial bacteria will be strong & should grow to convert your tap water ammonia within 24-48 hours (speaking from experience).
What an awesome village! I’m glad to have a timeline, thanks!
 

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Welcome back to the hobby/addiction . I have nothing to add, other than that. Seems like you've gotten some pretty good advice here.
 
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