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Old 03-16-2011, 06:03 PM   #1
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Ammonia spike

What's this ammonia spike that I am hearing of I just started up a tank and they told me every tank has a ammonia spike. How long does it take for this spike to happen and when it's done can I throw any fish in my tank after this? Doesthis mean my tank has fully cycled? And does the product called "prime" cure the ammonia and set all the levels back down?
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #2
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Sounds like you don't have fish, which will help.

Do a search of fishless cycling and understand that cycling takes time.

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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First off using chemical reagents to lower your parameters will basically force your tank to rely on more reagents, or a spike later on.
It takes different tanks different lengths of time to get to the spike, and just because you had get it doesnt mean your cycle is finished. When ammonia, nitrite and nitrate all read zero the day after dosing its cycled.

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:24 PM   #4
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I have two damsels in my tank right now
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:34 PM   #5
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From what I understand. Prime doesn't lower your levels it makes them less toxic to your fish. If you just started. See if you can possibly bring back damsels and go fishless. It will save you a lot of headaches with frequent water changes
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:40 PM   #6
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Fishless cycle how can you do that I ran my tank without any fish for a week and another week with fish
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:42 PM   #7
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I have two damsels in my tank right now
Search "cycling with fish". It's a bit tougher to cycle with fish is all.

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totally not related but what app are you using to post from your phone with?
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totally not related but what app are you using to post from your phone with?
I have an android based phone. Got to the market and search aquarium advisor. Best app ever (although its been crashing lately ).

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oh nice i have an adroid phone too i will download it thanks
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