I’ve never tried a fish in cycle before but I’d still love to hear how that went for you!I've never used Turbo Start 700, so I have no opinion on that. I have done several "fish-in" cycles using Tetra SafeStart+ and had success everytime I used it. I've never used it to cycle fishless, so I really can't give any advice on what you want to bring the ammonia level up to. I know other member have cycled fishless with TSS+, holefully one of those member will see this and respond.
While it won't hurt anything to use Prime, when fishless cycling, any water conditioner will work since you don't need to detox the ammonia.
One thing to note, when using TSS+, you need to wait at least 24 hours after any water conditoner is used before adding the TSS+.
Thank you for responding! Do you have an pictures, videos, or even other people posts from here that have a visual assembly of that and links where to buy this stuff? I want to get this right and don’t want to buy the wrong things since this would be my first media filter :’]The first thing I would do is disable that blinking light. The second thing i would do is replace that cartridge with more permanent filter media. A sponge cut to size and some matrix, ceramic media or even lava rocks in a media bag and you should never have to buy another cartridge. The sponge can be rinsed and reused for years. The other media should never have to be replaced.
That sounds so simple I may just try it! What fish do you recommend for a fish in cycleIt has always gone great. If you want to give one a try using TSS+ here's what you do:
1) Fill tank with water treated with a water conditioner (such as Prime)
2) Wait 24 hours (very important, since the water conditioner will cause TSS+ to fail if it is added less than 24 hours after the water conditioner was used)
3) Add a few fish and an entire well shaken, appropriate sized, bottle of TSS+ (don't worry if the bottle will treat a larger tank, just add the whole bottle you can't overdose, but you can underdose)
4) Do nothing but lightly feed your fish for the next 14 days. No water changes, no adding poop any chemical...nothing)
5) On day 14 test your water and if all worked correctly...congrats, you've cycled your tank.
You also mentioned a media bag what does that look like? And do I just assemble these items into the bag and I should never have to change out this filter right? Or how often do I change the filter with this media.This is the kind of foam I am talking about Amazon.com : JIH Aquarium Filter Media Sponge Pad Foam (9.5x9.5x1.56 inch) : Pet Supplies
something like one of these is the other media I mentioned
A media bag is simply a bag you put some of this stuff in. Media is a word that pretty much covers anything we put in our filters to filter the water and for bacteria to grow on. The foam doesn't go in the bag. You just cut a piece to fit your filter. I know it is easier to just ask but spend a bit of time reading up on this and you will find a world of information right here on this forum.You also mentioned a media bag what does that look like? And do I just assemble these items into the bag and I should never have to change out this filter right? Or how often do I change the filter with this media.