02-04-2014, 07:01 PM
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If there's any ammonia then the bacteria will have some food. It's true that with less ammonia you won't grow a large amount of bacteria (less food), but to establish a small bacteria culture shouldn't take much, so change the water; it's safer for the fish (if you let the ammonia get higher, it may damage or kill the fish) and the bacteria will still establish, just as quickly, but it won't be as large of an amount. However, it does double quite quickly so when you finally get a small colony of bacteria established, and slow your water changes, they should be able to reproduce quick enough to consume the increasing ammonia, IMO.
Last edited by Austin; 02-04-2014 at 07:03 PM..