Anyone tried it, or should I be the guinea pig? :worm: (10 days and still 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 0 nitrates, so I figure why not, unless there have been bad experiences)
Yea I heard that (you have it overnight shipped in dry ice)...that was my next question, if anyone knew a good source for it.Biospira is just a bag of bacteria(hopefully alive).I say hpefully alive since it has an expiration date and needs to be refrigerated. YOu can never tell how its been stored,how long, shipping conditions to store, shipping to you etc.. Don't waste your money. You have more than enough bacteria in/on the live rock and sand.
I would be paying to start enjoying a nice tank 2-3 weeks earlier...sometimes time is money. Are you saying it doesn't speed it up at all? cause then its a different story...Why pay for something that you already have? It's like renting a fish. "The lfs said these fish will help the cycle and I can return them later." The cycle doesn't need any help.
So you are saying you basically had no cycle? Did you take ammonia and nitrate readings? Is it possible that using live sand and cured live rock already established my bacteria colony? Thanks.You are trying to speed up the cycle of a new tank? I put fish in my last tank after 1 week of 0 readings. I used cured live rock and bagged live sand. All is well. I had already had a brown algae bloom, which has since dissappeared.
So you are saying you basically had no cycle? Did you take ammonia and nitrate readings? Is it possible that using live sand and cured live rock already established my bacteria colony? Thanks.
Wow, yea, I was planning on a month as well...but do you have nitrates? What worries me is that my nitrates are 0 also, which leads me to believe that a cycle is yet to come. Also, I haven't had any kind of algae bloom.Apparently, as I just found out myself. I didnt even know and I had planned a one month cycle. I was monitoring my water every 2 days and got 0ppm on all. Then started the brown algae bloom. The guy I bought the rock from is the most well known in the hobby in this city, he told me that my tank was cured. After only 6 days! I asked him again just to make sure and he told me he has set up a few tanks already in as little as 3 days using this rock. So, I moved my fish from my other tank, and water tests are still good, and all has been well. Going on 2 weeks now.
What I do is both add enough ammonia to bring the tank up to .05 or so and check your water in a couple of hours do you still have ammonia readings? . If not you're ready to add you first fish or couple of small fish check your water and see if you ever get ammonia or nitrite readings? If so water changes if not keep on going until you're done stocking.
But don't you need that ammonia to feed the bacteria? that is why it disappears (as they convert it to nitrate)? After I cycled my FW tanks I had 0 ammonia, but I had nitrates b/c all the ammonia was being converted...am I missing something?No Ammonia = No Nitrites = No Nitrates
but I'd still take it slow