I set it all up and got it all running. I dosed ammonia to 1 ppm. I have used seachem stability, tss, tss+, fluval cycle, and dr Tims one and only. Can't really say any of them were effective definitively.
Dose to 1, and wait. Test daily or every other day for ammonia. When it drops to 0, test your nitrite. Don't dose any more ammonia yet. When nitrite drops to .25 or lower, dose ammonia back to 1 ppm. Test ammonia and nitrite. Don't let either one get above 4 ppm. If they do, do a large enough water change to get them down close to 0, then dose ammonia back to 1 ppm.
Once the ammonia and nitrite drop to 0 within 24 hours of dosing, you are cycled (this will take weeks). At this point you can up the dose to 2 ppm and continue to test for it to drop back to 0. This will allow you to stock more fish at once without ammonia or nitrite spiking. Or you can add a small number of fish and gradually stock your tank.
My first tank I cycled to 2.5 ppm before I added 10 fish at once. No spikes. Gradually added more fish from there.
On my second tank I started with seeded media, which sped up the cycle but it still took a few weeks. I currently have it cycled to 6 ppm, but I haven't started stocking yet. I lost all the fish in my original order during shipment.
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