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Monitoring Tetra Safestart
Old 08-04-2010, 11:14 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by mjbn View Post
day 5: slight drop in ammonia
ammonia: <<.25
nitrite: 0
nitrate: 30

day 6: added in 2 more white clouds & some amazon sword the night before today
ammonia: >.25 (not surprised)
nitrite: 0
nitrate: did not test

Normally it's a good idea not to add fish to tanks with ammonia present. It can cause damage to fishes that may affect their survival and these effects can be slow in presenting syptoms ,or it can happen quite quickly.
Is why I am not a fan of so called cycle in a bottle products. Too many folks think that it is a miracle tonic that allows stocking the tank before it has developed a sufficient bacterial colony to consume ammonia produced by the fish.
These products do not work well across all tanks due to things like pH,temp, available oxygen,and or surface area available. Add to this overfeeding and or over stocking ,and you more often as not wind up with a cycling tank full of sick fish.
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