On Oct 17, 3:50?pm, "Aiptasia" wrote:
> Hi Carol,
> Usually what I do are fishless cycles on my new tanks using Bio-Spira, or
> just some squeezes from a sponge filter in one of my other tanks. You can
> use 100% pure household ammonia (comes in clear white bottles, no
> sulfactents or detergents) that you can find in the cleaning aisles of most
> stores and maintain an ammonia level of 2 parts per million. Use an ammonia
> test kit to maintain the water at that level every day throughout the cycle
> and monitor it also with nitrite and nitrate test kits. The first strains of
> bacteria that convert ammonia to nitrite grow in first, and you'll be able
> to see the tank's beneficial bacteria start to consume the ammonia by
> converting it into nitrite within a few days. The second strains of bacteria
> that convert nitrite to nitrate take a little longer to grow in, and you
> will see a large buildup of nitrite over about a two week period. Then,
> you'll see a dramatic crash in the nitrite levels and a spike in nitrate.
> When you see that nitrite level crash from off the chart nitrite to zero
> nitrite and all nitrate, then you know your tank is cycled.
> At that point, you can stop dosing the tank with ammonia and add whichever
> fish you want. You don't need to worry about subjecting any fish to the
> nitrogen cycle and you can introduce all of the fish at the same time if you
> wish (useful for semi-aggressives and aggressive fish tanks).
> Bio-spira works fine but it relies on the fact that the spores of bacteria
> in solution will grow to a population large enough to handle both ammonia
> and nitrites before they build up to a level where they become stressful on
> your fish. With my own testing (with liquid test kits) i've found that it
> does handle ammonia well but not nitrites. In fact, unless it's a very large
> tank with very few fish in it or a heavily planted freshwater tank, I
> wouldn't suggest anyone believe for a second that using bio-spira is an
> "instant" cycle method. It's just another way to seed a biological filter,
> which does speed up the process, but isn't instant.
> I hope this helps you with your future tank projects.
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I've used BioSpira myself, several times with great results.
I've used it on tanks as small as 3g's on up to a 75g.
I also know of many other seasoned hobbyists who have had great
results as well.
The products works.
Of course proper tank maintenance is a must, so there shouldn't be a
build up of anything to harmful levels (that's a general comment, and
not directed towards *Aiptasia*).
I had one fish buddy tell me of horrible results, however I believe
that to be a result of improper storage before she bought it.
She thought it was a bit brownish and gloppy. That's what it looks
like when the bacteria are dead and useless.
I wish the product had a clear area in the packaging so we could see
if it looked spoiled or not.
One local PetLand's mini fridge wasn't working right and it was
freezing packs in the back, rendering them useless.
The employees didn't know it would kill the live bacteria, so they
just moved the frozen ones to the front (thawing them out).
It's way too delicate a product and I think more information is needed
from the company on how to properly store it.
I wrote in another post about how in a different shop an employee was
stocking it and put it out on the shelf next to the other bacteria
starters (which do not work), such as Cycle and StressZyme, etc. By
the time they found out it had to be in the frige, it had been too
long. However, because he was ignorant of the requirements and what
can happen of they aren't kept, he put it back in the fridge.
People who purchased any before I did may not have known that it
shouldn't be brownish clumps. I felt bad for them, because their fish
are going to stress (or even die), and they've paid a lot of money for
The owner of that shop was a great guy and quickly figured out what
They have a strict no cash refund policy, however, I didn't even have
to ask him. He handed me what I had paid for it and apologized for the
trouble, and was very nice.
This is the problem with the product though. It's easily killed off,
and you have no way of telling when you buy it if it's fine or not. >> Stay informed about: Cycling help, appreciated!