The first time I used ADA aqusoil, it was in an already established tank. I kept an eye on it and followed the prescribed procedures for water changes for a month (and after that, a WC once a week). However, when I added the soil, I knew the tank was still cycled despite any presence of ammonia.
It's harder with a new tank, when to know if it's cycled or not, when using ADA aquasoil that will up the ammonia. I know my new tank isn't cycled yet because there's nitrites, indicating the process of conversion isn't complete.
If nitrites become 0, even if showing a low amount of ammonia, will the tank technically be cycled? I would still do water changes to follow the aquasoil regiment, lower the ammonia, and to lower the nitrates to an acceptable level (like 10 ppm, for the plants).
Also, forgot to add, I got some extra live nictrifying bacteria and added it to the tank yesterday.
Water Parameters - 04/05/19
Nitrate: 40 ppm
Nitrite: 5 ppm
More than a week and I'm not sure what I've done wrong for this not to have been insta-cycled. Seeded filter media, plants, and driftwood from established tanks, temperature is warm, tank is full of plants. Can one not cycle a tank with just aquasoil for a source of ammonia? Pesky nitrites.
Is it okay if I start using Nite-Out II in the cycling tank?
Last edited by Ryan Mosby; 04-08-2019 at 05:34 PM.
Reason: added update