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Adding prime yes, bad idea. But Safe start is just bottled bacteria and will die after a few days in the water column if it doesn't attach to anything. Why would water changes do anything to it?Do not do a water change!!!
Your readings are about where I would expect 2 or 3 days in. You need to give SafeStart a full 14 days to cycle the tank. If you do a water change or add Prime the SafeStart will fail.
This is why it is recommended not to test your water for the 14 days SafeStart needs to cycle a tank. The readings can make you panic and do something that will cause the TSS to fail
0.5 ammonia isn't going to kill the fish but if it gets higher then that I would do a small water change like 20 percent for safety and continue doing them every few days until the tank is fully cycled and at safe levels.There is fish in already I have already ruined that part. So that's why I worry about any spikes hurting the fish. But I'm going to wait and check water every couple days unless I see any stress signs. I'm just nervously trying to make this good for the fish
The only problem(s) I see with that statement is that it completely contradicts the statements by Seachem about their product. So, who do you believe? It also isn't listed on the Tetra SS product use guidelines provided on the product NOT to use the ingredients that are in Prime along with TSS in a tank.
I suggest leaving your pH alone for now. It's perfect for cycling a tank and fine for most tropical fish. It may drop naturally a little after your tank cycles.
- Well I have loaded alot of start chemicals into the tank. The 20g I added a large bottle of safestart plus. Let it sit 4 days. Did a 10% water change added a bottle of another start product. 2 days later 25% and a small bottle of safe start.but haven't seen nitrites yet. I have a little high ph. Like 7.8. My tap tested .25 ammonia n 7.8 ph. I am thinking about using a water filter or buying distilled water for changes. I am waiting before I touch anything for atleast another 24 hrs. Hopefully I get some nitrites. I do have 1 amazon sword in the tank i think its helping some. I am trying to just keep the fish happy. I am already convinced i have about 3 weeks before i start stocking. I am going to get prime and use it after the next 24hrs is up if i see nitrites. Note to self faithless cycles from now on.