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Ammonia levels in a tank not cycled yet

Discussion in 'Filtration and Water Chemistry' started by Tom2017, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Tom2017

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    Hi all,
    Looking for some advice. The tank is new about 2 weeks and the chemistry seems all within spec apart from ammonia levels of around 7ppm.

    From what I can gather it's still cycling, just concerned that it's high. What's the best way forward, small water changes or a larger water change, adding some good bacteria such as additives, waiting it out, or any other ideas you could point me towards.

    A bit about the tank it's substrate is a calgrit and river sand mix, 6ft tank with about a 550gph bio filter, however I think the biggest downside that's created my problem is feeding in the main tank and allowing a bit of waste to build up.

    It holds 4 very small Murray River turtles.

    Open to all advice.
     
  2. Aussiepride83

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    Remove the turtles from the tank and replace them with a dozen goldfish until it is completely cycled. Will take around 6-8 weeks. Don't do any water changes during this time, just use Seachem Prime at the recommended dose every 48 hours and Seachem Stability at the recommended dose, every day for 7-14 days.
     
  3. Tom2017

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    Thanks for the info Aussiepride.