You'll definitely want a product like AquaSafe or NovAqua+ to add to your water if you haven't been doing that.. the chlorine and other things in our tap water are toxic to fish and those products make it fish-safe.AquaDuk said:
AquaSafe and NovAqua+ (and the others of that nature) will only remove the chlorine from the water. If you have chloramine in your tap water (more and more cites are using this instead of regular chlorine) then you have a little different problem. Chloramine is a combination of chlorine and ammonia. The only thing that those products will do is break apart the bond between those 2 chemicals and then get rid of the chlorine. The problem is that this leaves the ammonia alone which is bad for your fish as well. Yes an established tank can handle a little extra ammonia fairly quickly but there is a better way to deal with it. Rather then using AquaSafe or NovAqua+, use instead or . These products will remove the chlorine and break the bond of chloramines, however, they then go to the next step and take the ammonia and change it to a non-toxic version which can still be used as a part of the tank cycling process. They also do the same for nitrite and even nitrate making them much more bang for your spending dollar. Even if you don't have chloramines in your tap water, you are still doing your tank a better service using one of these treatment products over AquaSafe or NovAqua+ alone (and yes they can be used together with Amquel+ or Prime but aren't necessary).FLBettaCouple said:
As far as I know, Cycle doesn't do anything to make tap water safe - it's supposed to help accelerate the nitrogen cycle, but a lot of people tell me it only creates mini-cycles that don't really help your tank.AquaDuk said:AquaSafe? NovAqua+? Amquel+? Prime? I'm sorry, but I've never heard of these. The only thing I have is Cycle, which the person at Petco told me to use if I wanted to get the chlorine out of tap water. So I removed 3 gallons by the vacuum tube, and I replaced it with 3 gallons with Cycle in it. How long will it take for the ammonia levels to go down? Also, which test kit should I buy?
Actually, we're going to use a product called Prime, not Amquel+, now to condition our water. It should be on that page I sent you the link to. A lot of those products can be found at a local store, but usually the local stores are more expensive than the DFS site on a lot of items.AquaDuk said:
Good! Lowering the ammonia is great, next challenge is getting the Nitrite down. As you keep up the water changes with water that has been treated to remove the chlorine, the cycle will finish and your tank will be safe for your fish I know it is soooo hard to wait to get more fish (I am impatient) but they will be far healthier if you wait till you get the nitrites down.AquaDuk said:
Actually Easy Balance controls the nitrAte not the nitrIte. The only thing that controls the nitrite is good bacteria. You can detoxify the nitrite with Amquel+ or Prime, but Easy Balance isn't helping you at the moment except with pH. As suggested the only thing to help get the nitrite out of the danger area for your fish right now is water changes. Adding Amquel+ or Prime will detoxify it but you still need to help get rid of it while the good bacteria are building up enough to eat it at the rate it is produced.AquaDuk said: