Topping Off Water

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hI all,

I just need some advice about topping off my tank. If I should do it or if it’s still fine. i’ve been using tetra safestart for about a week and 2 days now. recently just started seeing a spike in my ammonia and I believe that is the first step in the cycle. my question is, can I top off my tank while using tetra safestart. Or should I just let it be until the two weeks are up. i’ve attached a picture of what it looks like now.
 

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I'd go ahead and top off, if you really wanted to you could use distilled water. That way you're not adding anything extra to the tank.
 
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I have apI stress coat that our local fish store said to add during water changes, should I add that as my dechlorinator since it says it gets rid of that?
 

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jazmin said:
I have apI stress coat that our local fish store said to add during water changes, should I add that as my dechlorinator since it says it gets rid of that?
Yes, use water conditioner on all new water you add to the tank.
 
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okay thank you
 

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When you are finished with your cycle though remember top offs don't remove nitrates only regular water changes do.. you don't want to end up with Old Tank Syndrome and nitrates through the roof.
 
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yes I know, I plan on doing a water change once the two weeks are up. i’m keeping track of my readings now that I am reading .50 ammonia, so if anything were to happen I know when to do a water change just in case. Any idea of how long I should let the stress coat sit in the water before I add it to the tank?
 
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I am doing a fish-in cycle. my parameters right now are .50 ammonia, no nitrites, and about 3 ppm nitrate (it wasn’t yellow but it wasn’t a bright orange either) I have had the safestart in since last thursday. I ended up topping off the water with apI stress coat after all. i’m also adding in an air stone on monday.
 

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Topping off water isn't a problem. I know Tetra advises not to do water changes, but top offs are ok.

Good luck with the cycle
 
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that’s what I figured. once the two weeks are up and it’s safe to do a water change i’ll probably do a 25% one. hopefully it’ll be cycled by then. by the looks of my parameters it looks like it’s on it’s way
 

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A fish in a cycle is not a great way to do it as I have many videos on how to not do it. Top offs do nothing. Changing water about 10% every day is the way to go. Keep in mind without the biological system doing what it needs to do, you are not doing much with water changes! It takes about 4-6 weeks under ideal conditions and not having used media to help.
 

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Fahn said:
I'd go ahead and top off, if you really wanted to you could use distilled water. That way you're not adding anything extra to the tank.
Topping off your tank with distilled water is safe and will dilute the toxins (ammonia in your case) very slightly and keep your water level higher without adding minerals and salts found in most tap water.
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I am doing a fish-in cycle. my parameters right now are .50 ammonia, no nitrites, and about 3 ppm nitrate (it wasn’t yellow but it wasn’t a bright orange either) I have had the safestart in since last thursday. I ended up topping off the water with apI stress coat after all. i’m also adding in an air stone on monday.
I just have a couple additional suggestions-that you switch from API Stresscoat to API Ammolock or Seachem Prime to treat your water while you are doing the fish--in cycling. These two products will dechlorinate your water and make low levels (< 1 ppm) of ammonia less toxic to your fish while leaving them available to the nitrifying bacteria in the tank. Stresscoat does not protect your fish from the harmful effects of the ammonia. While your tank is cycling you will want to do water changes if your ammonia/nitrite total level reaches 1 ppm or more or your nitrates exceed 20 ppm.
 

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