04-26-2011, 06:49 PM
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StressCoat Removing Ammonia While Trying to Cycle
I filled up my new 75 gal on Friday (April 22nd), decorated and got everything running. I added Stress Coat to remove chlorine when I filled it up, and then Stress Zyme on the Saturday. These are suppose to help create beneficial bacteria when starting a new tank. This all sounded good except today I read on the bottle they also remove Ammonia and Nitrites.
As of now I'm doing a shrimp cycle, 5 days in with no Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate readings. I also have a nasty smell and very cloudy water. Could I have no reading because of what I added, and if so how long until I can start getting ammonia readings and actually start a cycle?