Cycling W/t Fish - Do I Perform Partial Wather Changes?

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Hello,
I am cycling the tank with fish. Do I perform water changes during the process, or do I let the fish (zebras) go through the process without intervention?
If former, when is it a good time to change some water?

Thank you.
Here is the current level of ammonia (& others).
 

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Definitely do water changes if there are fish. You would probably have to do water changes every day.
 
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RyanC14 said:
Definitely do water changes if there are fish. You would probably have to do water changes every day.
Don't I start the process all over again each time I do water changes?
Thank you.
I did change 50% of the water now.
 

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No, you don't start the process over by changing the water. The process is nearly all happening in your filter. Just keep changing the water, and let the bacteria you need grow in/on your filter. I would treat each water change with Prime as well, as it helps detoxify small amounts of ammonia and nitrite for 24-48 hours. Any exposure to ammonia is going to be harmful to your fish.
 

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It doesn't start the process by changing your water most of your BB is being grown in your filter. Your reading are pretty close. Be sure to add Prime with every WC so it can neutralize the ammonia for 24-48 hours.

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No, you don't start the process over by changing the water. The process is nearly all happening in your filter. Just keep changing the water, and let the bacteria you need grow in/on your filter. I would treat each water change with Prime as well, as it helps detoxify small amounts of ammonia and nitrite for 24-48 hours. Any exposure to ammonia is going to be harmful to your fish.
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THANK YOU.
Yes, I do use Prime and I do check the parameters every other day.
I keep a folder with pictures to see the change.

PS. What do you do with the fish once the cycle is finished, if you do not want to keep them?
And of course if they did not die in the process?
I am trying to keep my fish as happy as possible. So far non died.

Thanks again.
 

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Arrielle said:
THANK YOU.
Yes, I do use Prime and I do check the parameters every other day.
I keep a folder with pictures to see the change.

PS. What do you do with the fish once the cycle is finished, if you do not want to keep them?
And of course if they did not die in the process?
I am trying to keep my fish as happy as possible. So far non died.

Thanks again.
You can either keep them, or try to find a new home for them.
 
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Donthemon said:
Did you use Safestart or any bb when you started the fish in cycle.?
yes.
 

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