Re: New 50 gal. African tank
Thanks for the update!
Yes, that is correct. Prime will detoxify the ammonia for 24-48 hours, while your biological filter consumes it. Is this the first time you have seen any sign of ammonia? Also, what type of biological filter media do you have in place? When housing cichlids, it is very important to have a larger biological filter, as they tend to be a bit more messy than most other freshwater fish. Since you have seen a rise in ammonia, I would recommend adding more Stability, maybe for another 7 days. Keep in mind that you cannot really overdose the Stability. You are simply adding "good" bacteria to your filter, which will assist in removing the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. You can certainly add more fish, as long as you are adding Stability and Prime, but if it were me, I would hold off on adding any more fish until I see where the cycle goes. :)