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Old 01-11-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Start Smart......?

Has anyone heard of a product called start smart? It says that it will cycle your tank in 24 hours. We are trying it now with some damsels and we were just wondering if this stuff is going to work or not. Thanks.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:35 AM   #2
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In my opinion and experience, any "quick cycle" product is over-hyped and under-performs. Be sure to keep an eye on your parameters.
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Old 01-11-2012, 11:00 AM   #3
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I mean it seams to be working so far.
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I am cycling right now with that product. My NitrItes spiked right away but now have been holding at 4-5ppm. I think it help with ammonia conversion but not NitrIte to NitrAte conversion if that makes sense. I have a 29gallon with about 15lbs of live rock and 35 lbs of base. I am using rotting silversides for ammonia source. My build is located here.
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I swear by Start Smart. It really helps with clarity and parameter control for my freshwater tanks. The owner of the local fish shop I frequent orders it by the gallon and uses it to regulate his tanks.

Edit: Although I cannot personally speak to its efficiency for saltwater tanks, I neglected to mention the fish shop owner keeps fresh as well as salt, including clownfish, corals, and some reef species and they appear to be doing great.
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I mean we are using it in a saltwater tank. Do we have to keep putting it in there or is a one time thing?
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The problem that often happen when using a quick cycle product is it create a fake source of bacteria that often die after a period of time and then you tank goes into a natural cycle. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't in my experience. Like hn1 said keep an eye on your parameters.
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We put a dose of bacteria in it to help that. So do you think that would be ok?
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What's the purpose of the product, if you also have to add another source of bacteria?

What did you use for the bacteria source?
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You dont need a bacteria source. You need an ammonia source to create the bacteria. You have to have ammonia for the bacteria to convert to nitrItes and eventually nitrAtes. That ammonia can be in the form of rotting shrimp, pure ammonia or live fish (not recommended). The purpose of the bottled bacteria is to speed up the conversion of ammonia to nitrItes and NitrAtes. Without the additive the bacteria will grow, it is just supposed to be faster with bacteria being added.
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