10-30-2012, 07:39 PM
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Wow, some 'interesting' advice here.
First, if you had high nitrates and did a 50% water change, you'd still have only slightly lower nitrates....not none. So something is wrong with your test. Make sure you shake the heck out of regent #2, even rapping it on a table - it has an element that tends to separate and yield false results.
During cycling (or anytime), regardless of plants and/or filtration, you should always do weekly water changes and do water changes anytime you have ammonia and/or nitrite readings. Ammonia and nitrite are not only toxic to fish, but at higher levels, even toxic to the very beneficial bacteria we're trying to culture.
It's possible that adding the bacteria supplement product, you now have sufficient beneficial biology to handle the bio-load. However, you need to monitor closely until the conditions are stable.
Oh and most dechlorinators will produce ammonia as a result of the process. Prime is one conditioner that binds this ammonia making it non toxic until the bio-filter can process.
Prime also detoxifies ammonia, nitrites and nitrates as well as heavy metals.
Last edited by AbbeysDad; 10-30-2012 at 09:44 PM..