10-04-2012, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Geomancer
You should use prime when you have readings of Ammonia and/or Nitrite. A PUR water filter does nothing for that, those filters are just activated carbon. With Ammonia in your tap water, I'd use Prime every time. Live plants are also great.
You also have a lot of filters and water movement, that will stress forest fish.
Your numbers are not all over the place, only one is unusual. The cycle takes 4-8 weeks to complete.
I would like to try live plants,but since I'm using aquarium salt, I was told at LFS I couldn't do the plants because the salt would mess them up.
Also, should I get rid of the Aqueon and maybe run Bio-Wheel with a small canister filter?