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Old 07-12-2006, 09:07 PM   #11
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Keep watching the nitrites as I've heard some stories (key word - stories - can't validate) that sometimes the BioSpira works on the ammonia but not the nitrites
I just learned recently that the bacteria in Bio-Spira works on nitrites and not ammonia. The bacteria is Nitrospira which is the bacteria that converts nitrites to nitrates. The other bacteria, Nitrosomonas, which converts the ammonia to nitrites. So you need ammonia in the tank for the Bio-Spira to work. It is supposed to work pretty fast though.
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I tried it twice and it never worked for me.
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Old 07-13-2006, 12:05 AM   #13
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I just learned recently that the bacteria in Bio-Spira works on nitrites and not ammonia. The bacteria is Nitrospira which is the bacteria that converts nitrites to nitrates. The other bacteria, Nitrosomonas, which converts the ammonia to nitrites. So you need ammonia in the tank for the Bio-Spira to work. It is supposed to work pretty fast though.
Respectfully disagree. this is from the marineland website (http://www.marineland.com/products/m...L_biospira.asp):
PRINCIPLE INGREDIENTS:
Purified water, patented and patent pending pure strains of Nitrosomonas, Nitrosospira and Nitrospira.

As you can see, both types of bacteria are in the culture.
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I have used bio-spira 10+ times and it has worked everytime. Bio-spira DOES help colonize the bacteria which consumes ammonia. As long as you have a reasonable ammonia source you should see Nitrite development within 24 hours. The full cycle should take 2 weeks at most.

Doing partial water changes shouldn't hurt the bio-spira after the first day or so because most of the bacteria isn't in the water.
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:41 AM   #15
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Last night at 9PM (52hrs since stocking)

Ammonia .1-.15 (really low but still detectable)
Nitrites .3 ( I thought this was a pretty big drop for just 9 hrs so I double checked it with another test to verify and that showed the same)

This morning at 7AM

Nitrites .3 (still questioning the fast drop in nitrites I did another test this morning to ease my mind. )

I have a PWC planned for tonight or tomarrow if I can't get at it tonight.
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Last night at 5PM(72 hrs after stocking)

ammonia- .1-.15
nitrites- .3

Last night at 9PM

ammonia 0
nitrites- .25

I wasn't able to do a PWC last night so I will do it today after work. I'm thinking I should be completely cycled by then too.
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Hey, I really hope that Bio-Spira works...I just bought some and am going to use it to cycle my 75gal!
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I've read that it takes the bacteria that turn nitrite->nitrate around 40 hours to double in population. You're almost done with your bio-spira cycle. The stuff really does work wonders.
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I'm hoping my nitrites are at 0 when I get home today. I'm planning to do a 30% water change. So even if they aren't all the way to zero they soon will be.

Then it's time to add a few more barbs. I don't want to add to many and over load it. I'm thinking maybe 4 more.
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FYI, I just used it again 2 days ago because of my defunct (antibiotic killed) biofilter. It took about 36 hrs before I saw any changes in either ammonia or nitrites, but its starting to work now Love the stuff ! As long as you get a "good" batch (ie: not mishandled and accidentally warmed or frozen during shipping or hanlding) I firmly believe it works.
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