Sorry, the board is unavailable at the moment for maintenance. I went to my LFS, and was recommended Stability from Seachem, as they were out of Dr. Tim's. If you chose this method, it will be important to keep the ammonia and nitrite detoxified through regular additions of a water conditioner like Prime®. Different fish have different sensitivity levels, but it’s a good policy to keep the nitrate levels lower than 40 mg/l to avoid fish stress. Keep in mind that this is no guarantee of what you will see in your tank - it is only intended to give an example of what an aquarium cycle might look like. For this, we recommend adding Prime® or another ammonia detoxifier like AmGuard™ every other day to keep the ammonia and nitrite bound up into a nontoxic form. This source of ammonia is added daily until the bacteria colonies are seamlessly converting it into nitrate, at which point the fish are added. Don’t forget to rinse it with fresh water first! Stability® is formulated specifically for the aquarium and contains a synergistic blend of aerobic, anaerobic, and facultative bacteria which facilitate the breakdown of waste organics, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Neither fish nor bacteria colonies like water that suddenly changes pH, temperature, KH, GH, or any other water parameter. On impulse I picked him up, and now am looking at doing a fish in cycle with seachem stability. but is excellent if you don’t have access to pure ammonia for cycling, A tiny pinch of fish food every day will feed developing bacteria in an aquarium. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. I'm using a simple HOB … Two nitrifying, one waste eating bacteria and a fourth bacteria species that eats nitrate. These bacteria colonies multiply and grow until the nitrite stays at 0 and the nitrate is steadily rising. SEACHEM STABILITY. Sometimes, the amount of surface area in the gravel is simply not enough to support the amount of bacteria needed to cycle the tank. I have been adding a little bit of fish food each day too because if I understand it correctly, I need to 'feed' the bacteria. We recommend Matrix™ for its extremely high surface area able to support multiple kinds of bacteria. My tank is 215 litre. Ammonia is very toxic to fish, and is dissolved and invisible in the water – you can’t tell just from looking at your water whether your fish are in danger. For this purpose, we recommend dosing Stability® every day for the first seven days, and then any time something happens in the tank that could disturb the bacteria colonies. When fish are kept in a tank that is not cycled, the fish become very stressed from a buildup of toxic waste and may die. Total tank volume means total volume of ammonia to generate a specific ppm. 4th day had nitrites. To solve the new tank cycling problem, there are several products such as Brightwell Aquatic’s MicroBacter7, or SeaChem’s Stability that contain the bacteria your tank needs to fully cycle. Dose it with Seachem Stability. I am currently on day 7 and have readings of .5 ammonia, zero nitrites and nitrates. Do not be surprised if your cycling process takes longer or if your ammonia and nitrite spikes are not as "neat" as you see in the sample timeline. I've decided to go with the "fishless cycle" method using pure ammonia. Fortunately, there is a second kind of bacteria that consumes nitrite and converts it into nitrate (which is much less toxic to the fish). I know the situation isn't ideal, but I'm trying to do my best with what I have, and do all the research I can. Seachem Stability offers a more direct approach. The formula that I have been doing is as follows. I'm still a bit confused. It’s possible to get a pure source of ammonia and add a small amount to the tank every day for the beneficial bacteria colonies. Check out some of our other articles on aquarium care! If you prefer a more DIY approach, it is possible to simply add a small pinch of fish food to the tank every day, allowing the bacteria colonies to break down the food to produce ammonia. A cycle starts with ammonia. 2. I've used Seachem products many times before, specifically Prime while doing fish in cycles, so I thought, let's try it. The same weight and amount of food feed represented the same bio-load per aquarium. For one, the… I rescued a Betta from Petco that wasn't looking so good and so I don't have a real option. To be certain whether or not you have ammonia in your water, it’s necessary to test for it using a test kit. When they’re just the right size, all of the ammonia in the tank gets consumed before the fish (or your test kit) can even notice it. Second day add - fritz 7 (bb) , stability , liquid ammo. Nitrates aren’t something that are lowered unless you do a water change or have live plants to consume them as they aren’t lowered by beneficial bacteria, so even if your tank is cycled, they can be very high and dangerous for your fish.