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Old 06-04-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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I haven't done a fishless cycle on my new tank that I set up a while ago and I want to put fish in this weekend... Can I use stability chemicals to just add the beneficial bacteria that I need the day I put the fish in?

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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Yes but you'll still be doing a fish in cycle

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Yes but you'll still be doing a fish in cycle

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Oh... OK thanks! One more question... What do I put in the tank first? The fish or bacteria?

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It's not bacteria..if you insist on getting fish soon than just get 1 hardy fish for every 10 gallons.. and if you insist on using a product try safe start

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Old 06-04-2014, 02:00 PM   #5
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I haven't done a fishless cycle on my new tank that I set up a while ago and I want to put fish in this weekend... Can I use stability chemicals to just add the beneficial bacteria that I need the day I put the fish in?

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Hello Jo...

Don't rely on chemicals to cycle your tank. You can definitely add hardy fish, 3 to 4 small fish for every 10 gallons of water. Just follow the standard steps for "fish in" tank cycling. Add some floating plants and let the tank run for a couple of days first, so the water settles a bit and then add the appropriate number of fish.

If you need the specifics for cycling a tank with fish, just ask someone here.

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Take a look at this link. It has complete details on how to properly and safely do a fish in cycle Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side.
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It is bacteria, however it's not really the same type as what you would find on your filter media. Stability is heterotrophic bacteria, the kind that is found on your substrate and in biofilm. It can nitrify, but it is extremely less efficient than the autotrophic bacteria, the stuff you try to grow during a cycle. The concept behind stability seems to be "add enough heterotrophic bacteria to get the job done until the more efficient nitrifiers can take over," which IMO isn't a very good philosophy to follow.

If you're going to do an instant cycle, I would recommend an angels plus seeded sponge filter or just good ol' seeded media from a pre-established tank. It contains the more efficient autotrophic bacteria, so you can get right to the point.
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Fine.. it's not the "best" bacteria.. ok bud??

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