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Old 01-23-10, 08:41 AM
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Hi all, great post, what is the opinion of other members of using a biostarter, to kick things along.
There is some better quality biostarters out there, I have used some in the past, and some are useless. Some people swear by them and some say they are detrimental in the long term. Whats everyones opinion?
biostarter as in bottled bacteria? Generally I would use just some old sponge from an aged tank. Why pay money for something I can grow? And is it certain that the bacteria in these 'biostarters' is living?

And if half of the bacteria is dead on the sponge (which well could be, I know I can't measure it) then it's going to be a food source for any living bacteria which eliminates the need for adding ammonia. I've cycled all my tanks this way (plus adding aged water from water changes of running tanks) and I haven't had any ill effects to date.
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Hi all, great post, what is the opinion of other members of using a biostarter, to kick things along.
There is some better quality biostarters out there, I have used some in the past, and some are useless. Some people swear by them and some say they are detrimental in the long term. Whats everyones opinion?

It might be an idea to start a thread in aquarium set up forum as its an interesting subject you have bought up
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Old 01-27-10, 03:37 PM
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One small point, I hope you don't mind a new member pointing out. You won't find a bottle of 100% pure ammonia in the shops,the highest concentration I know of is 9.5% I think what was meant was, it should not contain perfumes of any sort.
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I have used seachem stability in the process of setting up a new tank in the past few weeks , it is and has proven to be a perfect way to get a tank started, I have trialled the product with a dozen mid sized goldfish and have fed generously twice a day with no ill effect at all no water has been changed and still no spiking or issues

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I tried start smart complete s aid to cycle your tank in 24hrs i think its a load of codswallop. I went back to using seachem stability
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Old 05-14-12, 07:34 AM
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have you felt that the stability has done a good job auspleco ?
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I find it to be realiable aslong as you are patient and remember to do the doseages each day on startup and to feed the tank something
I quiet like the seachem products. I have previously used aquasonic instead of prime however that was short lived
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