Fish in cycling - still

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I'm just over 2 weeks into trying cycle a tank that is fully stocked (bloody lfs temp told us we were only 25% stocked! ) Thanks to great advice here I've seeded the tank with TSS and have kept ammonia spikes down using a remover while complying with the 2 wk wait for a water change recommended when using TSS.

So far we have ammonia (it had got up to 2ppm once but I'm keeping it around 0.5ppm as best I can) but no nitrites. We do have nitrates (10/20 ppm) but that's just our normal tap water levels. Now I know this means we aren't even halfway through a cycle yet but the tank really needs a substrate hoover and a good partial water change which I'm going to do tomorrow/ Thursday as it's been 2 weeks.

Question now is should I get more TSS or just deal with the long journey to get cycled?

I've got some AmQuel plus due to arrive tomorrow/ Thursday to help detoxify any spikes too as can't get Seachem prime without importing.

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I think that adding a product to remove ammonia has probably caused the SafeStart to fail. When using SafeStart it is very important not to add any thing that will remove ammonia to the tank.
 

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What's your current stock? Based on your previous thread, we established that your initial stocking had some problems...
 
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I've only added ammonia remover this weekend so the safe start did have a good run first and I under dosed so 0.5ppm was remaining. Would that still have affected it? I don't know what to do about the ammonia if I can't do water changes.

My stock is
4 platies
4 zebra danios (which the lfs won't take back and I can't rehome)
4 tetra (was planning to have 6 overall)
2 Peppered Cories (had planned to have 4/6 overall)

Tank is 68l (18g)
Dimensions 24 x 12 x 15 inches.
Filter is for a 100l.
 
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I don't know anyone else who has an aquarium. Also my husband is digging his heels in about them.
 
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I'm in the UK but guess there is similar. I'll try sweet talking the hubby!
 
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