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Any quick fix for 1ppm Ammonia reading?

I want to complete the cycle of my tank faster... (I know... might not be possible).

I have at the present run the tank filled for 2 weeks with Aqua Soil Amazonia II with 2 intial 100% water changes and then several every other day changes. I then emptied the tank and planted. I went 2.5 weeks growing an HC and glosso carpet with a bit of microsword along the back. I refilled the tank 5 days ago and have gone by and it still reads 1ppm Ammonia. I even stuffed 7 stems in there and 1 downoi. The pH is 6.4. I am supplying CO2 24/7 as no animals currently reside in the tank.

Any ideas to drop this last 1ppm and make it safe for 7 tetras to further expand the filters capacity?


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Bacter 100 works real good.
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Did you try "seeding" the new filter with filter media from an already establish tank to expedite the nitrogen cycle ? It can be as simple as placing some of the "old" filter material inside the new filter or directly into the the tank, also using some tank gunk or mulm will help.

Another option if adding products like cycle, stress zime, etc.

From personal experience I will advice against 100% water changes, this definitely upsets your newly setup bio system. I will suggest 25% daily change for at least 7 days and you should be good by them.
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Yup, did that 4 days ago. I took all of the 'coco puffs' from my eheim 2213 (basically 1/2 its bio mass) and placed them in my 2028 (only filled half of 1 tray...). It wasn't a ton of media, but I figured it would spread fast. Hasn't seem to have done a thing.


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Yup, did that 4 days ago. I took all of the 'coco puffs' from my eheim 2213 (basically 1/2 its bio mass) and placed them in my 2028 (only filled half of 1 tray...). It wasn't a ton of media, but I figured it would spread fast. Hasn't seem to have done a thing.

If that is the case, then cut down on the water changes and aid the cycling with some stress zime, cycle, etc.
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Yea, haven't done a water change since I added that media 4 days ago. I need more seeding bacteria I guess...

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50% water changes won't harm the nitrifying bacteria, but will remove half of the ammonia in the water. Also, adding some zeolite to the filter will adsorb a lot of the ammonia.

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