My tank cycle process need some advice

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ok so an update on my tank I have the 6 panda cory's in the 5 week old tank and I think I am in trouble. I did my test today here are the results

Ammonia 8.0
Nitrite 1.0
Nitrate 5.0
PH 7.2

How much longer until it is cycled I have started daily water changes 20% and I am not cleaning the gravel. what else can I do? I haven't been able to buy any bio-spira I guess I need to order it online. should I do that now ?
 

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How large is the tank? At what point during the cycle have you added the cories to the tank?

I don't have any experience with Bio-Spira, but if someone here - who is knowledgeable and has experience with Bio-Spira - will recommend it to you, then use it.

For now, I'd recommend to you something around 50% daily water changes until ammonia = 0 and nitrite = 0. Don't know if your gravel has many fish wastes trapped within it; if it does, perform gravel vacs with water changes as well.
 
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the panda's have only been in the tank 1 week and they are very small the tank is 55 gallon. I thought the tank would be cycled in four weeks that is why I ordered the panda. one of my pandas has gone MIA
 

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With ammonia at 8.0 and nitrite at 1.0 you should keep doing at least daily 50% water changes. Keep doing this until your tank has cycled, meaning ZERO ammonia and ZERO nitrite. It looks like you are on your way since you have a nitrate reading but the 8.0 for ammonia is really high. Do you have nitrates in your tap water?
 

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You should probably do 50% water changes twice daily to get that ammonia level down. Your level is way past toxic, and panda corys are some of your more sensitive fish. They may not survive. Check around for bio spira locally if you can get it. You can also order it online. I have been in your shoes and was doing twice daily water changes for a few weeks in order to save my fish. If you can find some bio spira from a reputable dealer, please post here before adding it to the tank so we can get you through this.
 
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Well last I wrote on this subject was 12 days ago. nothing has changed !!!! I need some serious help

Ammonia 8.0
Nitrite 1.0
Nitrate 5.0
ph 7.2

I know everyone said to do 50% water changes but thats just not possible with my work schedule. I have changed the water twice since nov 12 the pandas "5" are still alive I have only lost 1 and that was within the first 3 days they are still eating, not as lively as when I got them but they are still moving around pretty good " I would dare to say they are not too sensitive being they have lived in ammonia levels 8.0 this long. But I am becoming frustrated what can I do to get this cycle started It is almost 7 weeks now.

P.S. The water is kinda cloudy,hazy I noticed that the filter media that the bacteria is supposed to grow on has not changed color it is still white with only a slight change in color so I took the carbon filters out to see if it helps the bacteria grow help me ya'll
Thanks wolfman
 
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