I have combed through all the threads on this subject and I still have questions. I upgraded from a 29gal(which was running for 2rys) to a 55gal on Feb 25th since then it appears I am going thru a cycle. Nitrates have always been present, started to get a ammonia spike a couple of weeks ago it was around .50 to 1.0 I've been doing pwc every day. Nitrites started to rise about 1wk ago. They have gotten really high the last 2dys around 1.0, I have done 50% water changes because its so high. On top of going thru a cycle 1 of my cory cats appeared to have ich so I started treating that on 3/6 with Tetra Lifegaurd. It cleared up on that fish and on the 9th day of treatment I noticed my Parrot Cichlids now had white spots so I switched to Seachem ParaGuard and they are better now but really need to be treated longer to ensure all the ich is dead. I have a bottle of Tetra Safestart and was wondering if I should go ahead and use it to try and speed up cycle? The ammonia in tank has been dropping as of last night it appears to be a color between .25 and 0. My concern is if I do use the Safestart and the nitrites are as high as they have been I'm gonna have to do pwc and that would make using the Safestart a total waste because your not suppose to do any water changes for 2wks and if you have to you need to add more Safestart and its very expensive. And to top it off my husband is at his wits end with all the water I am using. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Just a side note I did transfer all substrate, decor and canister filter from 29gal. I also would have to suspend the ich treatment because I can't add the Safestart if I'm using medication.