Hello, so I'm using Tetra Safestart to help cycle a new 38 gallon tank and have a few questions. I know that its not going to eliminate all ammonia from showing up, but its just going to be levels that aren't toxic to the fish. Well I set my tank up a week ago and let everything settle for a few days, and then on Monday I put my fish in the tank as well as the Safestart at the same time. I bought the bottle for up to 75 gallons and just used the entire bottle like it says to on my 38 gallon. I just took some readings from the tank today on Saturday and there is 1.0 ppm ammonia, no nitrites, and about 5.0 ppm nitrates.
Does this seem about right? The ammonia seems a little high. On Thursday night (about 72 hours after I put the Safestart in) I did a little water change, mainly to clean up uneaten algae wafers which were making a mess. So I'm not sure if me doing a water change messed up the bacteria in Safestart at all.
Should I go get some more Safestart? Should I do another water change? If so, should I avoid vacuuming the gravel and not suck up any waste? Also I do have Stress Zyme+, is it ok to use this in tandem with the Safestart? I know its not as good as the BioSpira bacteria in Safestart.
Any help is appreciated, thanks.