The Best Bio Jump Start
Posted: 4/24/2012 from BRIDGEPORT, CT UNITED STATES
The reason being is there's really no true shortcut to a fully cycled aquarium - you have to wait and let nature take it's course.
In the past I've tried products like Cycle by Nutrafin and Easy start by Tetra but in most cases these products were used in setting up fast quarantine and hospital tanks.
Most of these products -want you to use them continuously which doesn't make sense to me.
If you have a fully cycled tank why would keep adding new strains of bacteria to already established water?
Well, I think because some manufacturers want you too keep coming back for more and the price of admission isn't cheap.
Cycle at around $22 for 16 ounces encourages you to dose your tank with 5 ml for every ten gallons once a week - and 10 ml for every ten gallons during water changes.
This brings me to "Stability" by Seachem (one of my favorite companies)
But being partial to them and their product line doesn't mean I don't question or research as best I can when trying something new.
That said, I'm nursing a new 55, a 40 and 125. I had a bottle of Stability which I had bought on a what the heck basis - the 55 has fish in it, I seeded the filter but still had serious ammonia spikes.
Seachem claims that the bacteria used in competitive products are inherently unstable. And for the bacteria to survive it must live in the exact temperature, PH and other water parameters in which it was raised and colonized.
This makes perfect sense.
When you add this bacteria to your aquarium, it survives for a brief while - but then crashes and dies.
Stability on the other hand, has bacteria that can survive in almost any kind of water - fresh and salt and virtually any type of water conditions.
Seachem states the strain took a decade to develop. What sets it further apart from the competition is that it contains nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria which isn't the case for any other product of it's kind.
Seachem also states - other bact
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