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post #31 of 41 Old 03-02-2014, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Water change done.
Will re-test tomorrow and do another water change as required.

When doing a water change I have treated then whole tank with tap safe rather than the water being added
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post #32 of 41 Old 03-02-2014, 12:01 PM
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What is "tap safe?"

If it removes chlorine, it's fine to protect your bacteria for fishless cycling. And it's OK to treat just the refill water.

Once the tank is stocked, we recommend you switch to Prime water conditioner by Seachem. This product detoxifies ammonia, like that released when chloramine is split into chlorine and ammonia.
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What is "tap safe?"

If it removes chlorine, it's fine to protect your bacteria for fishless cycling. And it's OK to treat just the refill water.

Once the tank is stocked, we recommend you switch to Prime water conditioner by Seachem. This product detoxifies ammonia, like that released when chloramine is split into chlorine and ammonia.
Prime also nuetralizes metals, stimulates slime coat... great stuff! Its the only chemical I'll add to my tanks.
Nitrate rising with no increase in nitrite or ammonia is very good. Nitrite is still very high, but time, patience and a little luck should set you straight.
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post #34 of 41 Old 03-03-2014, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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This is tap safe
INTERPET BIOACTIVE TAPSAFE AQUARIUM FISHTANK WATER CONDITIONER 125 ML | eBay

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post #35 of 41 Old 03-03-2014, 01:13 PM
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You don't need aloe vera. You don't need added bacteria. You need something that will detoxify ammonia. Tap Safe does not do that. Prime does.
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post #36 of 41 Old 03-03-2014, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Was what was recommended in the pet superstore when I bought the tank.

Have tested the water this evening

Ammonia. 0 ppm
Nitrite 5 ppm
Nitrate 5 ppm
Can you get prime in the uk
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Sure. Call around. Or online.
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post #38 of 41 Old 03-08-2014, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Been a hell of a week. Will do a water test tomorrow and post the results.
Hoping can start thin king about stocking

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post #39 of 41 Old 03-12-2014, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Have just tested my water and results are.
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 20 ppm

Would I be right in thinking that with a water change to reduce the nitrate that i am cycled and ready to stock

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post #40 of 41 Old 03-12-2014, 08:30 PM
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If your readings are STABLE then yes, you're cycled. Ammonia should.be 0, but 0.25 is acceptable, just be careful for parameter spikes. When you.add fish ammonia will be the first thing to rise so my advice would be to add fish slowly till your sure that ammonia is being processed. I would.test again before adding fish to make sure ammonia is still at 0.25
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