Help with cycling issue, please

Discussion in 'DrTim's Aquatics' started by shoelace, Dec 23, 2013.

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  1. shoelace

    shoelace Plankton

    Dec 23, 2013
    Happy Holidays, Dr. Tim,

    I am starting a 180 reef with BRS Reef Saver Rock. I used Reef Crystals salt to a SG of 1.025 and pH of 8.1. I brought the ammonia up to 2 ppm with your Ammonium Chloride product. Then I added your One and Only.

    Then I did something silly :eek: I had half a bottle of API Stress Zyme left from a nano setup and I said to myself, "let's just add more bacteria" and dumped in a dose that would be half that recommended for my tank.

    But then I started Googling and figure out that it is not the same type of bacteria and seems to be a more heterotrophic species that will not contribute to the cycle. I'm wondering if it's more similar to your Waste-Away.

    My questions are:

    1) Will this stall my cycle? I'm concerned that the Stress Zyme bacteria will outcompete the One and Only bacteria for ammonia and I will get a "false" decrease in ammonia.

    2) Any suggestions on how to proceed?

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  3. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    It is a dry heat, yeah right !