09-18-2012, 08:50 AM
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If you can, use Seachem Prime as your conditioner. In addition to dechlorination, it has binders to detoxify ammonia and nitrites which can aid in nitrosomonas and nitrobacter development.
The very best beneficial bacteria seed is filter or substrate from a healthy, established tank. Failing this, a commercial bacteria seed can be very helpful. There are many choices these days (Tetra Safestart, Seachem Stability, API QuickStart, Dr Tim's One and Only, Aquabella).
As you cycle, you will need a good test kit. The consensus agreement is that the API Freshwater Master test kit is best. Watch for an ammonia spike followed by a spike in nitrites. Also watch the fish for the slightest signs of stress (odd behavior, clamped fins), Be prepared to do a partial water change (w/Prime).
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