These are the directions from his site:
Day 1 – dose ammonia to 3 ppm
-N] max. If using DrTim’s Aquatics One & Only Live Nitrifying bacteria add it now (turn skimmer, UV
and ozone off and remove filter socks for 48 hours).
Day 2 – do nothing.
Days 3, 5, 8, 11 (every 3 days) – measure ammonia and nitrite. Do nothing on days 4, 6, 9 and 10.
When ammonia and nitrite are both less than 0.5 ppm
-N or NO2
-N), add more ammonia to 3 ppm NH3
Now measure ammonia and nitrite every day.
When ammonia and nitrite are both 0.2 ppm
-N or NO2
-N), add more ammonia to 3 ppm
Continue to measure every day – when the water is able to process ammonia and nitrite to 0 ppm
within 24 hours, you’re done!
Do a partial water change and add some fish.
Tips and Troubleshooting:
IMPORTANT – Do not let the ammonia or nitrite concentration get above 5 ppm
If either ammonia or nitrite concentration get above 5 ppm
, do water changes to lower the concentration.
Do not let the pH drop below 7. If it does, do a partial water change to bring the pH back up.
Now measure every day – when ammonia and nitrite are both 0 ppm
, add more ammonia.
Do not add ammonia removers to bind the ammonia – overdosing with these products will just increase the cycling time.
You do not have to add ammonia everyday – the bacteria do not have to be fed every day.