**MrHistory**

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Last Thursday I filled and began cycling my new 29 gallon tank. The tank is designed for an axolotl, and since they prefer colder water and are predatory, I chose to do a fishless cycle. Axolotls also produce a lot of waste as well, so I didn't want to overburden my tank. My two filters are an Aquaclear 70 and a large sponge filter. I also have an airline running through my tank for oxygenation. I also use chloramine treatment when any water is added because my tap water is 1 ppm.

On Thursday (Day 1): I fed the tank several algae wafers and fish food as well as some Seachem Stability to begin the cycle.

On Friday (Day 2): I added more Stability (as recommended on the package).

On Saturday (Day 3): So far no ammonia, so I dosed the tank up to 8 ppm using household ammonia (no additives). I then added 8 oz of FritzZyme 7.

On Sunday (Day 4): I did a 50% water change to bring ammonia down to 4 ppm and added another 8 oz of FritzZyme 7.

On Monday (Day 5): Gathered some media from a cycled cartridge filter (from a low-load tank) and did another 30% water change. Ammonia sitting around 3 ppm. Nitrite around 0.25 ppm. Added more Stable and FritzZyme.

On Tuesday (Day 6): Added more Stable and FritzZyme.

Tank water: 29 gallons

Ammonia: 3 ppm

Nitrite: 0.25 ppm

Nitrate: 0 ppm

pH: 7.6

I'm not quite sure where to go from here. I've already dosed the tank with one bottle of FritzZyme 7. Perhaps I'm not being patient enough, but I expected the media and the BB to work much faster. I'm worried I did something wrong by using pure ammonia to start the cycle.

On Thursday (Day 1): I fed the tank several algae wafers and fish food as well as some Seachem Stability to begin the cycle.

On Friday (Day 2): I added more Stability (as recommended on the package).

On Saturday (Day 3): So far no ammonia, so I dosed the tank up to 8 ppm using household ammonia (no additives). I then added 8 oz of FritzZyme 7.

On Sunday (Day 4): I did a 50% water change to bring ammonia down to 4 ppm and added another 8 oz of FritzZyme 7.

On Monday (Day 5): Gathered some media from a cycled cartridge filter (from a low-load tank) and did another 30% water change. Ammonia sitting around 3 ppm. Nitrite around 0.25 ppm. Added more Stable and FritzZyme.

On Tuesday (Day 6): Added more Stable and FritzZyme.

Tank water: 29 gallons

Ammonia: 3 ppm

Nitrite: 0.25 ppm

Nitrate: 0 ppm

pH: 7.6

I'm not quite sure where to go from here. I've already dosed the tank with one bottle of FritzZyme 7. Perhaps I'm not being patient enough, but I expected the media and the BB to work much faster. I'm worried I did something wrong by using pure ammonia to start the cycle.