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There is no need to add anything but ammonia while you are cycling your tank without fish. The Prime is only necessary when adding fresh new water IF you have fish in the tank. The aquarium salts & cichlid buffer are also not necessary if there are no fish in the tank.

What kind of "icky" stuff was in the filter?

The lava rock should help establish the bio load if it didn't dry out from your mother-in-laws' friends tank to your tank.

I also don't think you should be doing any water changes at this time. There really is no reason to since there aren't any fish in the tank.

Do you know what your readings for ammonia, nitrIte, nitrAte, pH, gH & kH are for your tapwater? These would be extremely helpful for determining if you will need to add any cichlid buffer when you get ready to add your fish.
 
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