09-22-2013, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Juggernaut122
oh, no problem. I thought that there might be an issue with the safe-start.
The fish seem fine - they are acting normally. Some people have told me there can be contamination of the vials for the API master kit but everything seemed ok until a few days ago....
1) 2 months ago, did a fishless cycle - ammonia up to 8 by using food, then added safe-start, then ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrates 20.
2) added the 2 mollys (as you know). tank stayed ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrates 20
3) added the 3 glofish and ammonia 0.25, nitrite 8
4) water changes and more safe-start added, then back to ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrates 20
5) everything stable for like a week (actually, it was 2 weeks) ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrates 20, then suddenly current readings of ammonia 0, nitrite 8, nitrates 20. No new fish in the past 2 weeks.
Hopefully someone that knows the Safe Start will be able to comment. I think I've seen Hallyx mention it recently.
Are you using strips or a liquid test? Liquid tests are more accurate.
You must have had to use a bunch of food to get up to 8ppm. That was a couple months ago, but still the bacteria double in about 24 hours so there should be enough to after 2 weeks to cover the added bioload for three glofish.
My issue with your fish is more one of room, not bioload so this is separate. The tank should be able to handle the bioload. The bottled bacteria is just a total unknown to me. For now I'd just do water changes to bring it down and dose with Prime to help neutralize it. Sorry, best I can offer at the moment.