Originally Posted by S_Hurley
Ok quick question... So can a water conditioner like Prime be used to replace cycling? It seems like after I use this conditioner my levels are fine?
Prime removes ammonia, chlorine and chloramines from the tap water. It won't do anything for the "cycling process". You want to grow the microscopic bugs that eat the nitrogens produced by the fish waste.
You could use Seachem's "Stability". The product will provide the good bacteria (bugs) needed. I've used it with hardy fish to cycle my first tank.