If you're like me and very time poor, or haven't got the room to have a back up tank, or were simply unaware of the necessity of correctly cycling your water, you'll be looking for advice about it, yeah? Well, I was anyway.
I've learnt that it is always best to cycle the water of your new aquarium without the fish inside it. However, sometimes that's not possible. I've actually learnt the hard way a HEAP of super handy tips and hints that, I hope, will save you the pain of losing fish.
Even the smallest trace of Ammonia and Nitrites are toxic to your fish and ignoring that could end up in the death of many of your fish. Using some or a combination of these products I've listed below, as well as daily partial water changes, will definitely help to keep your fish safe while cycling your aquarium. Here are some products that I've used and like:
WATER AGER CN: Instant Chlorine, Chloramine, Ammonia & Heavy Metals Neutralizer + Slime Coat. Water Ager CN is great to use when starting new tanks and can also be used when exchanging tank water. Note: after using Water Ager you will need to add ammonia reduction and waste-degrading bacteria. STRESS COAT+: Unlike Water Ager CN, you don't have to add anything else because it doesn't completely neutralise all bacteria. Stress Coat + also has healing properties. This product has been proven to reduce fish stress and is made with Aloe Vera! Stress Coat + can be used when setting up new aquarium, exchanging water, and whenever you're adding new fish.
PRIME: Another tap water conditioner (removes Chlorine and Chloramines. It also detoxifies Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates. It doesn't remove them completely so your Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrate are still available to cycle the tank. It simply detoxifies the harmful effects of the three for 24 hours until your next water change. Body slime is also included and does remove heavy metals. AMMO LOCK: Similar to Prime but does have any effect on the Nitrate and Nitrite in the tank. AMQUEL+: Similar to Prime again, however, it does not add body slime to the fish nor does it remove heavy metals from the water. This should be used in combination with Novaqua+ (See below) for initial set up and for water changes. NOVAQUA+: Removes Chlorine, Chloramines, and heavy metals. It also adds body slime, helps to condition the water and adds electrolytes. Novaqua also inclu
des organic herbs and vitamins and should be used in a combination with Amquel+. I hope this helps :) M