09-27-2008, 08:20 PM
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Your tank is cycling, and I suggest that you read up about it. Basically, the bacteria that break down ammonia into nitrite then nitrate are not present right now, but will begin to colonize. Chemicals will not help this, and may actually hinder the cycle because the bacteria will not have anything to feed on. What you can do, is do water changes as often as is necassary to keep ammonia levels, and later nitrite levels, at or below .5 ppm. This could be every 3 days, or every day. You will need to purchase an ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate test kit, test daily, and do water changes as necessary. When you have 0 ammonia and nitrite, and a reading for nitrate, the cycle is complete. Nitrate is removed when you do regular water changes, and is not toxic to fish in low levels. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.