How long does TSS take to establish bacteria?

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Erskine

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I put my fish and TSS in my aquarium today (after an ordeal with Nutrafin Cycle earlier this month) and I just tested my water right now. I have 0 nitrites and 0-0.25ppm ammonia. how long should it take the bacteria do deal with the ammonia? Is that enought to hurt my fish (2 female guppies and 2 paleatus cats). One of my females already died but I think she was weak when I got her (she was kind of hunched, hovered in place near filter as if fighting a current and wouldn't eat). Should I put an ammonia removing filter in or just wait it out?
 

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do NOT put in an ammonia removing filter. TSS is made specifically for fish-in cycling, and it needs ammonia to establish itself. Just hang in there for 7-10 days and if all goes as planned, your tank will be cycled. If your ammonia level creeps past 2.0 then you might want to consider a water change for the health of the fish, but in that case it means TSS may not have worked for some reason.
 
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