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Old 11-14-2012, 08:06 AM   #1
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Mornin everyone,
I was at petco yesterday and I saw some nurtrafin cycle, I bought it. I dont see why I couldnt try it?

I then googled it that night before I do try it...I saw nearly 60 posts just searching the web bashing the product, saying it was the wrong kind of bacteria...

But then I found just a couple of articles stating that in 2009 they learned that they were indeed using the wrong type of bacteria and revamped the product using the correct bacteria.

http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Nutrafin_Cycle

1. Just incase people havent been updated about the product I wanted to inform you
2. Might I actually have success in using a bacteria suppliment product?
3. Is it safe to use a product like this while fish are in the tank?
4. Would the reading show that the tank is cycled in a few days?

I dont see why it wouldnt help, it would be just like seeding the filter with a previously cycled filter (which I dont yet have). Worst comes to worst, if it didnt work, id just be wasting money on the product with no harm done right?

Im thinking the small number of fish I have in the tank is probably not going to provide enough ammonia though for the bactera seeing as how with 3 in there in the past 3 days my test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are still 0. Im thinking I may need to add 2 - 3 more bloodfin tetras.

Anywho, hope it clarifys the past and present regarding nutrafin cycle....not saying it works or anything lol, havent tried it yet, but it sounds like they are off to a good start with proper bacterias
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:28 AM   #2
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why you keep buyin junk you don't need...leave that stuff in the store and the money in your pocket...
unless you're rich....lol
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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nah not rich lol, it was like $10, just thought it might boost the cycle but now the cycle is finally going so I wont be needing it
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I used it and it didn't kill my fish. That being said I don't know if it actually helped in any way, but my betta and my one oto (the other one died do to other reasons) both survived. In hindsight, if I would have known what I know now then I wouldn't have bought it as there really is no point in using it. In your case, think about it. If this product really does seed your filter, all the bacteria is going to die of once you stop using the product as there will be no more supplements. So I would just let nature do its work.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by lohachata View Post
why you keep buyin junk you don't need...leave that stuff in the store and the money in your pocket...
unless you're rich....lol
I agree. Why buy junk you don't need. Save the dough.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:47 PM   #6
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some of those products work, some don't. You don't know unless you try. But until you have measurable ammonia, don't bother. And if you have 1 healthy, established tank, use free seedings instead.
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I used Seachem Stability at the startup of both of my tanks. It seemed to help, but I can't say definitively. It had excellent online reviews though.


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for me , it is not so much that products are junk ; but i just hate to put out the money that i could be investing in new fish.....
i had about 10 people tell me that they wanted to buy Stability from me...so i brought in a gallon of it...thenh they all bailed out...i played with it a bit to see how it worked ; which was ok ; but now i am sitting here with this stuff i have no use for.....lol
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:20 AM   #9
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If you seed the wrong bacteria, it can hurt. But most makers have fixed that issue by now I hope. And they can cause an ammonia spike in a small tank (lots of dead bacteria + what was in the bottle to feed them). In theory, these products can cycle a tank in about 2 weeks. You add some to establish the ammonia-eaters and add more when you see nitrite to establish the rest. The only one that was tested by someone I know was Stability, it did work well in high pH water, not so good in soft, acid water.

If you are "cycling" you're very first tank with fish and are having trouble controlling ammonia, one of these products may be worth a try. But if you don't have ammonia or nitrite to feed the bacteria, it is all just gonna starve.

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