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Old 02-14-2011, 02:04
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cycling tank - seachem stability

hi there
im currently using seachem stability to cycle my tank

so far I have used it for 8 days and have tested the water
ammonia - 0.50ppm
nitrite - 0ppm
nitrate 0ppm

I currently have 5 neon tetras in there and am using some filter media from another restablished tank and seachem matrix, carbon and ceramic noodles

should I be making water changed to remove the ammonia?
or should I wait till nitrites have developed and then do water changed?
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:23
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

a small update
I did a 50% water change in my 34litre tank
ammonia is now just below 0.25ppm, everything else still the same
should I continue using stability which is 1 capful per day until I see nitrates?
and any other tips I should do to ensure that my fish survive during the cycling process.

Last edited by At124; 02-14-2011 at 06:23. Reason: wrong info
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:51
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

Thanks for the update!

It seems as if your tank is moving in the right direction. I would definitely continue adding the Stability daily until you see nitrates. As long as there is still ammonia and nitrites, then you can add Prime as needed in order to keep your fish safe from toxicity. You can also continue performing regular water changes, just be sure to add in Stability after the water change.
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Old 02-14-2011, 16:23
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

thanks for the quick response!
I was also wondering whether removing carbon from my tank would make the cycle quicker?
as in my filter, carbon is the 1st layer then the biological media at the bottom
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Old 02-14-2011, 16:39
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

I would leave the carbon in place for the cycling process. While it could help speed up the process a little, it could also hinder the process by damaging nearby bacteria colonies. I recommend doing small water changes when needed and dosing with Stability daily to cycle the tank. Dosing Seachem's Prime every 48 hours will help keep toxins detoxified and protect the fish throughout the cycling process.
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Old 02-14-2011, 16:46
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

so I should to do small water changes to keep ammonia no higher than 0.25ppm?
how much nitrite would be max before I should start doing a water change?
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Old 02-14-2011, 17:07
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

[QUOTE=Tech Support MS;8982]I would leave the carbon in place for the cycling process. While it could help speed up the process a little, it could also hinder the process by damaging nearby bacteria colonies. I recommend doing small water changes when needed and dosing with Stability daily to cycle the tank. Dosing Seachem's Prime every 48 hours will help keep toxins detoxified and protect the fish throughout the cycling process.[/QUOTE]

I asked this because my carbon is currently in need of a replacement
and I wanted to make sure that no good bacteria would be on the carbon if I dispose of it
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Old 02-14-2011, 17:30
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

Keeping the ammonia bellow 0.25 ppm should be fine, the main thing you are trying to do is protect them fish while cycling. That is why using Prime every 48 hours will be so helpful. It will keep ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate detoxified until the beneficial bacteria can consume them.

As for the carbon, removing bacterial cultures is exactly why I would leave it in for the time being. Once you see no ammonia and either low to no nitrite but your nitrates are rising you can add some fresh carbon.
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:05
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

*update
Ammonia - 0.25ppm ( been steady for the past 5 days)
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 0ppm

I've been using Prime every 2 days

but I don't understand why there is still no nitrites\nitrates
does my tank have enough ammonia to change into nitrites?(should I add more fish?)
and since I am also using filter media from an established tank...shouldn't their some bacteria on that as well?

its been 3 weeks since I started the tank :(
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Old 02-20-2011, 05:10
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Re: cycling tank - seachem stability

also.
everyday that I use stability I shake the bottle
is this OK?
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