Cycling Problem

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by queenundertaker, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. queenundertakerNew MemberMember

    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??

  2. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    The nitrifying bacteria only speeds up the process. 4 parts ammonia is deadly, and will kill anything. same with the nitrite. Let your cycle run longer. It just needs time.

  3. queenundertakerNew MemberMember

    Should I do a water change or would that mess everything up?
  4. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

  5. SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

    The bacteria is not in the water. You should do a large water change. You should also add Seacham Prime and Stability to help with the cycle.
  6. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    do not add prime or stability to your aquarium. Ph gets dangerous when you start messing with it, and let the aquarium cycle, adding prime to detoxify the ammonia is wasting money and just adding chemicals to the aquarium. Just wait for the cycle to end.
  7. SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

  8. DutchAquariumWell Known MemberMember

    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.
  9. queenundertakerNew MemberMember

    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.
  10. SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

    I may be misunderstanding too...I read it as there were fish in.
  11. GuppyDazzleWell Known MemberMember

    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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