Originally Posted by thefishes
My tank has been up and cycling for exactly 8 days with fish in and 6 of those days i had to do 50% water changes because of ammonia spikes. Ammonia was spiking everyday up until thursday when i added Stress Zyme. My API master test kit came in the mail on friday and i have been testing 3 times a day for ammonia,nitrite,nitrates. I still have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 0 nitrate since the last water change that i added Stress Zyme. My question is what should i expect next?. A full blown out nitrite attack or does Stress Zyme put you that much farther ahead?. Just looking to maybe find out what will happen next.
StressZyme is lame. SafeStart can help. If you use it pour 1/2 in the filter.
You don't need to test 3 times a day for ammonia,nitrite,nitrates.
You also don't need to 50% water change or ammonia lock unless the ammonia is really high.
The ammonia will need to .25 or caution to cycle , .50 or stress could use a 20-30% water change.
If you keep bringing the ammonia to zero you won't cycle. Also don't vacuum the gravel, skim over it.
Also don't overfeed, you want the fish to survive not grow, your cycling.
I went with once a day for 1-2 minutes and when the ammonia spikes
you can skip a day of feeding.
If your ammonia is .25 or caution for a few days and drops, then test nitrite.
For me the safe start made it so there wasn't much of a nitrite spike.
When ammonia and nitrite are both zero, then test nitrate.