06-29-2011, 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted by FlashGuppy
This tank has been running for about a month. My Ph is at 7.6 and my water temp is 75 degrees. Tap ammonia reading is at 0, thankfully.
I use Safe Start to start the cycle when I first set it up and then last night when I did the water change I used Aqua Safe. Altho Safe Start says that I can also use it for water changes....a bit confusing tho because I thought it was only to jump start a biological filter.
I'll continue the daily water changes until the ammonia gets to 0.
Thank you for your input. And roundar...thank you for that chart link. It's very informative.
I used tetra safe start when I set up my 50 gallon. From research that I did on the product I did find that you will get readings of ammonia, from what they explained the ammonia gives the bacteria a form of food to feed off of as it establishes itself in your aquarium. From what the company claims it can take up to two weeks for the product to fully work. During that time they recommend not to do water changes. With my experience I had steady ammonia readings for two weeks, and at two weeks I started getting nitrite readings of 1.4, along with readings on my nitrates. I immediatly starting doing water changes for the next couple of days, being able to lower both my ammonia and nitrite levels, until I was getting a reading of 0. I found the information about the tetra safe start on another forum, if you are interested in reading the information let me know and I will see if I can find it again. From what I understand people have had different results with using this product, some have been successful and others not. Definitly keep an eye on the levels of your nitrites and nitrates also. Have you tested those, what are the numbers that you are getting for those levels? Nitrite is actually even more harmful to fish than ammonia, so you will want to keep tabs on all of those levels while you are cycling your tank. With my experience of tetra safe start even though it did seem to work in helping my tank cycle, I probably would not use it again, but would opt for going for a fishless cycle. But when I started everything, I kind of jumped in feet first
, starting with a tank that was too small for my angels which fortunately was able to find a good deal on a suitable tank quickly after. The rest of my tanks that I am setting up now I am doing as fishless cycle with seeding my filters from the main tank. Less stress on the fish and healthier for them also.