If you decide to use TSS again, make sure to use AquaSafe, Tetra's water conditioner. Others, such as Prime, may cause the TSS to fail. But you did wait 24 hours before adding the TSS, so I don't think that was necessarily your problem.
If you choose a fishless method, you should dose with Prime for the entire volume of the tank daily to protect the fish from ammonia and nitrites. When you go to test your water, you'll need to wait 24 hours after you last added Prime. Prime can cause the test results to be inaccurate, but it only lasts for 24 hours. So I usually test right before I'm going to add the next dose of Prime.
Hopefully you can get your tank cycled soon! Best of luck
I think KinezumI meant with-fish cycle lol. Brain going in 2 directions...I've done that before. You guys have expanded and clarified what I was thinking.
SUCCESS!!!!! I can't believe I did the whole water changing by myself!!! I started to use the 5 gallon sipon but that was way to hard so I just did the aqueon. NOT a drop of water spilled and it was SO easy!!! Thanks for the moral support!!!!!
Ph will fluctuate while the tank is cycling so you won't be able to maintain it.
Has it already been 24 hours? Prime can mess with the parameters if it's still effecting the tank. But yes, if you still have ammonia you would do a 30% water change and treat with prime again. Unless there's something I'm missing.
I'm not sure if this has been covered or not, are you shaking your test kit bottles? Especially the nitrate test. Crystals can form inside and mess with readings. I shake my super hard for a couple of mins.
You would keep it up until your parameters are ammonia/nitrites/nitrates 0/0/5-20.
Nonsense! You're actually very close.
Honestly with the 2 weeks of TSS + the end here...you'll still come out of a shorter cycle than some do. For the future you'll have media you can use to seed any new tanks when MTS strikes again.