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Old 05-31-2012, 10:44 PM   #1
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For a 70g tank I have been cycling. I started with a raw shrimp. After 2 weeks of decaying it started to stink, so I pulled it out.

Ammonia went to 8.0 then over a weeks went to 0ppm

Three weeks later my my nitrites are at 5.0+ and not moving.

Nitrates are at 20ppm and not moving up anymore.

I am patient, but curious if there is anything I could do to help. Per another thread, I added some BB in a Bottle (still don't think it's real) but tried it anyhow. No budge.

Would a water change help? If i did do a water change I was reading a fish can help sometimes if the cycle stalls. I do not want to be cruel however. Even if those damsels killed one of my prized fish in a tank I had growing up lol.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:30 PM   #2
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No don't do a water change that will just slow things down. Its just waiting it takes about 30 days. The BB in a bottle i tired too also did not work it must be a scam lol. I guess you could add a damsel but it would suffer. Only do a water change after the cycle is complete.
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Alright. It has been over a month. But I shall wait longer! Not into hurting fish!
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If you decide to add a damsel you could use a product like PRIME to neutralize the Ammonia, and nitrite.
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Wouldn't that stall the cycle?
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Nope dose not mess with the cycle youd just have to add it daily it changes the compounds to harmless ones that the bacteria still decompose.

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Seachem Prime and the nitrogen cycle
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:48 PM   #7
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So I would dose prime everyday to keep the nitrites at bay. But my nitrates would still grow? That sounds... Magical lol. That thread was from 2006, I wider if there has been any new discoveries.
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