Cycling Problem

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Two weeks ago, I dosed my new tank with TSS+. I have a betta and a neon tetra in it at the moment. (I know that neon tetras need 5+ bc they are shoalers, but it was never the plan to even have it. After the tank is established, it is going to be a species only tank with just neon tetras.) But anyways, after two weeks, the nitrate level is only at 5PPM and the ammonia is at 4PPM and the nitrite is at 5PPM. What should I do??
 

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Hold on, are you saying, you will tranfer your fish into the aquarium when levels stabalize, or that you have fish in the aquarium now? I read it as your waiting for levels to stabalize, if you have fish now, you need to treat the aquarium. Like it said, 4 parts ammonia is deadly. 2 is when it starts to become toxic.
 
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Hold on, are you saying, you will tranfer your fish into the aquarium when levels stabalize, or that you have fish in the aquarium now? I read it as your waiting for levels to stabalize, if you have fish now, you need to treat the aquarium. Like it said, 4 parts ammonia is deadly. 2 is when it starts to become toxic.
There are fish in it now. That's why I used TSS+ because it is supposed to take care of the cycle in 15 days. You add it with fish in a new tank and change the water on day 15.
 

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I've always cycled with fish in, 25% water changes every other day, monitored the parameters, and everything went fine.

In this forum everybody who has trouble with their cycle is using additives. In my opinion the cycle starters don't do what they're supposed to, and in most cases actually mess up the process.

I've asked, but never got an answer, about how the supposed good bacteria can stay alive in the bottle, then a miracle happens and it becomes some sort of super bacteria when it hits the tank. I don't buy it, but there are people who say it works. But you'd never know it by several new posts a day about people using additives that can't figure out why their tanks aren't cycling.

To each his own I guess.
 
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