Tetra SafeStart Cycling Questions

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Jackdaw, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Jackdaw

    JackdawNew MemberMember

    Hello, everyone. So it's been over 48 hours since I added Tetra Safestart Plus to my 5 gallon betta tank. I read the Q&A and followed the instructions to a T. I waited 24 hours after conditioning the water, added TSS and my betta. I tested my water today at the pet store (it's a liquid test not a strip). My ammonia was at 2.0 and Nitrites were at .25 I believe. I should have taken a picture of the test, now that I think about it...

    My betta is swimming around and acting normal. He doesn't appear to be stressed. Will he be okay or should I do a partial water change to bring the ammonia down some? Should I wait and retest the water again to see if the ammonia goes down? I love my betta and don't want to see him hurt. :(

    I have a moss ball and a lucky bamboo in the tank and a gravel bottom. My filter is a Tetra Whisper 10i that's been baffled via water bottle method to slow the current. I chose to do the Tetra SafeStart Cycling because he was in a bowl before this and I wanted him out of it ASAP.
     
  2. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to the forum :)

    If your betta is acting fine, I wouldn't worry. Tetra says not to test for the 2 weeks because it might give you some weird results. Don't do any water changes either or you will cause TSS+ to fail.

    Do you have a liquid test kit of your own? If not, I would get one and then test your water source to see if you have any ammonia, nitrite or nitrates.
     
  3. OP
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    Jackdaw

    JackdawNew MemberMember

    Phew! Thank you for replying. He's acting completely fine, so I'll avoid touching the tank unless he begins acting stressed.

    I will be ordering a test kit as soon as I can (probably once I get paid) but until then, my local pet store uses the liquid test kit and it's less than two miles from my house. I'll get my water source tested. :)
     
  4. el337

    el337Fishlore LegendMember

    Excellent! You're on the right track. :)
     




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