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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Speeding up Tank Cycling

Does anyone take issue with using SeaChem Stability to speed up the cycling of a new planted tank? I'm almost two weeks into a new tank set up and still have 2ppm ammonia and I'm impatient as I want to stock.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-14-2018, 06:50 PM
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Find some cycled media / substrate from another hobbyist or store. That is the fastest way. Bacteria in a bottle are hit and miss.
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I've had mixed results with the Dr. Tim's One and Only. I believe that one cycle in my pico tank was slower because of a lot of tannins in the water from driftwood and adler cones.
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Find and post on your local Facebook aquaria group asking for some currently used filter media like a sponge from someone's tank. You get an insta-cycle and they get to feel good for giving you a speed boost 😉

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I was in the same boat a month ago. My plants were melting, cycle didn't move fast enough. I overdosed Dr. Tim's One and Only (full bottle), next day I added a bottle of another brand of bacteria and topped it off with sachem stability....

tank was deep into the cycle next day and 3 days later done. Should have done it day 1
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