Originally Posted by Bigdawg355
The bio zyme is one you add a little everyday the lady at pets barn said that's what they use in store. As far as plants go all I have is a few trimmings from my 55 gallon tank so maybe I can just put them back in that tank til the ten is cycled. And as for as using straight ammonia to cycle does it take a lot of ammonia to get the levels up? Oh the plants I have as of now are Camboda and moneywort but think wanna put some micro swords as well
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If you were going to add fish right away, the biozyme might work for you. If you have a mass of moneywort and cabomba that will actually do the same thing. The store will use that stuff in a new fish tank as they bring in stock as they need the extra boost to their cycle do to heavy fishloads. Their tanks must have a hard time coping with the varying loads otherwise.
If you are flexible in when you add fish you have options here. Toss in more plants than you want for now, add one species of fish, the smaller load of the two. Let stand for a few weeks, monitor the water. If ammonia creeps up add more plants, some biozyme or just change some water and use Prime. Let the plants grow and add the second batch of fish after everything has settled down, it may not do anything anyway as long as you have enough plants. Continue to monitor the water and treat as needed if needed.
The cycle will still develop in the background so you can trim out plants later if they get too out of hand.
If you need to drop in all fish at once, completely cycle with ammonia empty, then toss in plants and fish.
It won't take a lot of ammonia for a ten, a couple of ml likely but if you go too little, add more, if you go too much, change the water. You'll figure out how much you need pretty quick. Just keep it around 1ppm right through until you see the nitrites drop to zero and the nitrates start appearing.