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Cycling with liquid bacteria

Hi all, before I start i have several tanks already so am fully aware of the nitrogen cycle...
so I’ve got my first non nano tank set up (230l) and I’ve left it a week, the spike has started which is good. Now I’ve never used liquid bacteria before (I’ve always been patient or used an old filter ) but for a change I decided to go out and buy some to try and speed things up.

I added the recommended dose last night and almost 24 hours later I still have the same ammonia and nitrite ( around 2.0ppm).

Is this stuff something I am only meant to use from the moment you add water to the tank and not a week down the line when your ammonia and nitrite has already taken off?

It says there’s no harm in overdosing so would you look at adding some more since I already have high readings or sack it off and play the waiting game...

I have cut off a bit of sponge and put some of the ceramic pellets with holes in from an established aquarium in the hope to help speed things up also ...
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I used this to start my first aquarium still took about a week to cycle.
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Try a partial water change to bring the ammonia level down. It may seem counter intuitive, but at higher levels, ammonia is toxic to BB as it is to fish!

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