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Old 07-09-2013, 12:18 AM   #11
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Ok I have an update from Seachem, so below is my question to Seachem support and Seachem support's answer.

"I've been reading many forums about Seachem I purchased a bottle and started using it today to cycle my tank... There are many comments about why not to use Seachem Stability saying that using it may cause my tank bacteria to crash at some point. The directions for using Seachem Stability say to add more each month. I plan to use the Seachem Stability once to cycle my tank and then never again. I'm planning on the bacteria colony growing so that I wont need to use Seachem Stability again. Is there something I should know about Seachem Stability bacteria that cause it to behave differently than other types of bacteria that don't require monthly dosings? "

Thank you for contacting us. Stability will not cause your tank to crash. The bacterial blend in Stability is very unique in that it contains aerobic, anaerobic and facultative bacteria. The facultative bacteria can adapt to either an aerobic or anaerobic environment making them very efficient. The bacteria in Stability work under a very broad range of parameters, including almost boiling to nearly freezing temperatures, high or low ammonia, high or low nitrites, and high or low pH. If you choose to use Stability for only establishing the biofilter during the cycling of your tank it is fine. We only suggest (not require) that it can also be used for regular maintenance. We also suggest you use a good biological filtration media such as our Matrix (Seachem. Matrix). Matrix has a tremendous amount of surface area to house the bacteria in Stability. I hope this information helps.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:09 PM   #12
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Alright I have an update on my tank cycling with Stability, this was my first tank ever and I did a fishless cycle starting with well water that contained 3 ppm ammonia right out of the tap. I started my tank on June 30th my numbers were ph 8.4, ammonia 3ppm, nitrite 0, nitrate 0. I added Salinity on July 5 and the bottle ran out on July 11. I didn't see any change in any of my numbers until July 16th when nitrite rose to between 0-.5 ppm and stayed between 0-.5 until July 25th when they went to 1 ppm. I dosed ammonia on July 14th 5 ml in 250 gallon tank and then again July 15th I dosed 10 ml but never really noticed my ammonia levels fluctuate. My first nitrate reading was on July 24th of 5 ppm. Now today July 29th I've got lots of movement in my tank numbers my ammonia numbers finally dropped for the first time ever all the way down to .25 ppm just under a month, my Nitrite levels are at 5ppm which is the top of my test strip and my Nitrate levels are at 40 ppm. I think my test will be inconclusive as to wether Stability causes tank crash in the future since Stability didn't appear to cause any bacteria to grow in my tank to begin with.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:33 PM   #13
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Ok I have an update on my tank experiment. I am on day 36 of my cycle and my ammonia levels are 0 and my bacteria can turn 4ppm of ammonia in to 0 ppm in about 24 hours. I've kind of hit a snag it appears that my nitrite levels have soared and my cycle is stalling out. The nitrite results are off the chart on API my test gauge, the test reads pink which is not on the gauge. It sounds like really high nitrite levels are common with a fishless cycles. I have plenty of time and don't want to do a water change as I still plan to never change my water eve in this tank. I've read that my tank will get through this and cycle without a water change. Does anyone know how long it will take to lower my nitrite without a water change? Should I keep dosing ammonia? Are there any suggestions on how to speed the process without a water change? The only reason that I included this in the same thread is that I've seen stability recommended for this application. Since this thread originated around stability I figured that I would rebring up the idea and may start dosing stability to help my bacteria eat these high levels of nitrite.
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