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Question Cycling new tank using FritzZyme 7

Started to cycle a new aquarium, Should I be introducing anything into the aquarium after using FritzZyme 7?

Water Parameters before dosing FritzZyme: using test strips
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 10
Nitrite: 0
Hardness: 300
Chlorine: 0
Alkalinity: 120
PH: 8

I Dosed the Fritz and waited 5 days (filter running, no lights, water at 75f) and all the parameters are the same except Nitrates are now at 0ppm.
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Started to cycle a new aquarium, Should I be introducing anything into the aquarium after using FritzZyme 7?

Water Parameters before dosing FritzZyme: using test strips
Ammonia: 0
Nitrate: 10
Nitrite: 0
Hardness: 300
Chlorine: 0
Alkalinity: 120
PH: 8

I Dosed the Fritz and waited 5 days (filter running, no lights, water at 75f) and all the parameters are the same except Nitrates are now at 0ppm.
I am guessing you did not add any source of ammonia to the tank? When we cycle a tank we are growing bacteria. Bacteria grow if they have food which in our case is ammonia. The easiest solution is to just add some fish food and let it decay. If you do that today and still see no ammonia and nitrites but additional nitrates 3 or 5 days from now then you are good to go.


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That is what I was thinking, I basically starved the bacteria... I'll add a source of ammonia.

Do you think I should re-dose the Fritz?
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I'm thinking that w/o an ammonia source, BB could not develop sufficiently, but I also question nitrates dropping for 10ppm to 0. I doubt that the Fritzzyme product contains the anoxic or anaerobic bacteria (or the tank/filter has sufficient regions) to develop and convert nitrates into nitrogen gas.

In any case, yes, I would dose again once an ammonia source is established (which would be several days, if not a week or longer, for fish food to decay and produce ammonia).

You could even dose and add a fish or two as they will produce very little ammonia as the Fritzzyme BB colony further develops to handle it. This is no different than 'instant cycle' where filter and/or filter material from an established tank is used to 'instantly' cycle a new tank. ('cycling' is merely having enough BB to handle the ammonia --> nitrite --> nitrate generated by the bio-load).

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That is what I was thinking, I basically starved the bacteria... I'll add a source of ammonia.

Do you think I should re-dose the Fritz?
Hold off on redosing. Just add fish food for ammonia, wait a few days and see what your numbers look like. Its possible everything is fine. If you need to later you can add more fritz bacteria. But after a certain point you are just squirting it in there to make yourself feel better then anything for the tank.
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