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  1. Ammonia (tank/tap): 1ppm
  2. Nitrite (tank/tap): 2ppm
  3. Nitrate (tank/tap): 0ppm
  4. pH (tank/tap): 7.4

Still haven't seen any nitrates, tank has been cycling for one week. I was hoping that the old bacteria from the other tank would catch on in this new tank, but it seems like that isn't the case. Have added salt as requested in a previous thread to handle stress from the nitrite, is there anything else that should be done to make sure the fishies stay healthy during this process?

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The total amount of ammonia and nitrite should be kept at less than 1ppm (ammonia + nitrite <1). Double dose prime during this time to help detoxify the ammonia and nitrite so that your biological filter can more easily process it. No need to keep the ammonia + nitrite at 0. You do want some ammonia and nitrite in the water to get your biological filter going.

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Perhaps this will be a useful guide for you.

The "a-ni-1" rule for fish-in cycling :rofl

1. You will need Prime (or Amquel Plus, if you cannot find Prime) as your water conditioner.

2. You will need to have your kH at 150ppm, or greater.

3. You will need to check your ammonia, nitrite, (nitrate), and pH daily.

Procedure:

- dose the tank with 2x Prime (or 1X Amquel Plus) daily.

- for any given day, if ammonia (a) + nitrite (ni) is less than one, no water change is necessary.

- if a + ni is equal to, or greater, than 1, immediately do as big a WC as you can. Ideally, this should be an 80-100% WC.

- continue this until you see no more ammonia, but start to see nitrites

- then, you will no longer dose with Prime or Amquel daily, but dose only during WCs

- add 0.1% salt to the tank, and maintain it at this level. This is to detoxify the nitrite storm.

- you should still not let nitrite exceed 1-2ppm. When it exceeds that level, a large WC is in order.

- maintain course until you get 0 for ammonia and nitrite, at which point you do a big WC and do not replace salt.

- congrats! Your tank is now cycled! :)

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Perhaps this will be a useful guide for you.

The "a-ni-1" rule for fish-in cycling :rofl

1. You will need Prime (or Amquel Plus, if you cannot find Prime) as your water conditioner.

2. You will need to have your kH at 150ppm, or greater.

3. You will need to check your ammonia, nitrite, (nitrate), and pH daily.

Procedure:

- dose the tank with 2x Prime (or 1X Amquel Plus) daily.

- for any given day, if ammonia (a) + nitrite (ni) is less than one, no water change is necessary.

- if a + ni is equal to, or greater, than 1, immediately do as big a WC as you can. Ideally, this should be an 80-100% WC.

- continue this until you see no more ammonia, but start to see nitrites

- then, you will no longer dose with Prime or Amquel daily, but dose only during WCs

- add 0.1% salt to the tank, and maintain it at this level. This is to detoxify the nitrite storm.

- you should still not let nitrite exceed 1-2ppm. When it exceeds that level, a large WC is in order.

- maintain course until you get 0 for ammonia and nitrite, at which point you do a big WC and do not replace salt.

- congrats! Your tank is now cycled! :)

:goodpost:greenbanana:

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