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Old 11-30-2012, 12:51 PM   #1
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So, as of now, I'm using Quick Start for my tanks, and it works to a degree. I've used Night Out before and that just didn't work for me. Does anyone have a favorite brand of nitrifying bacteria because I think I really want to try something different. Thanks!

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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Thank you so much, I went to my favorite fish store and before I got this message, and she recommended Special Blend so I'm trying that for now and hoping that that works, but if it doesn't it's great to know that I have two more recommended brands
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #4
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i don't use a starter....i have almost a gallon of stability wasting away in my basement...
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Really? What happens with the nitrogen cycle in your tank then?
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it just cycles.......i'm not real smart so i try to keep things as simple as i can.....i am terribly technologically challenged...even my granddaughters can do more with a cell phone than i can.....but i can smell and taste what is going on in a tank...
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Wow, any hints? For example, how long do you let new tank water cycle for before adding fish, and how long do you wait between adding fish?
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i usually add fish right away or within a couple of days.
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The first tank is the hardest. Loha could bottle the moist air from his a room full of cycled tanks and sell it as a starter culture.
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Trust me, lots of bad experiences with my first tank, it's definitely the hardest. And sorry for another question, but how on earth can he do that??
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I doubt he could ship it. lol. I just meant that his has filter bacteria constantly riding water droplets around his fishroom. All his tanks will be seeded without him doing anything. Plus he does a gradual stocking of new tanks and does his water changes. It works for him, but its could be hard to imitate if you only have one tank
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Plants help cycle tanks. Roots give bacteria a place to grow. Gravel is helpful too. I rarely if ever use store bought nitrifying bacteria.
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Wow, no wonder my Angelfish tank which has real plants always stays at zero and cycled so quickly. I think I'm going to start planting up most of my other tanks. Thanks you all!
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Just be careful with plants. Some eat ammonia directly, some nitrite. If you plants die or you take out a lot at once, you can have spikes.
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Oh goodness, fish keeping is so complicated. I love it though! And thanks for more info
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