12-29-2008, 09:44 AM
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the bacteria that you need does not reside in the water column, it lives in/on a bio film that coats objects like gravel, filter material, bio balls, deco objects, tank panes, plants, etc. when a tank is disturbed usually it will need to recycle itself. I believe you will be fine if you buy a bottle of water treatment (for new tap water, chlorine, chloramines etc ) use this in a 10% daily water change add nothing else, be sure water is same temp as tank. ammonia is needed in the cycle process. feed the fish a bare minimum. when your cycling is complete you should not read ammonia or nitrite, but nitrate will be elevated, this can be kept in check with small water changes. be patient, do not flood the tank with chemicals. , do not clean your filter material for now.