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Old 01-26-2005, 04:43 PM   #11
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Bio-Spira. My LFS swears by it.
IME and with all due respect to your LFS, this stuff (at least for salt) is not worth the packaging its put in. I tried it in a small qt tank and it did absolutely nothing. I know several others with similar experiences.
Maybe he already has a good cycle in the system or maybe the systems water volume is large enough to handle the bioload.
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Old 01-26-2005, 04:55 PM   #12
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I agree with Quarry shark. I tried it too and it did NOTHING. Patience is they key and remember the LFS needs the sale to make their rent
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Old 01-26-2005, 05:12 PM   #13
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I tried it out and had good sucess setting up a tank for my little cousins, to whom you really couldnt explain waiting for fish .... (i was visiting only for a week so was trying to do the best i could under 1 week constraints). No fish were lost and none looked sick, so seemed to work just fine.
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Old 01-26-2005, 10:02 PM   #14
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I've found that 10 people have 15 different experiences or opinions.

But as one of those 10, I too believe in the more traditional ways of establishing essential bacteria/cycling. Stuff out of a bottle always makes me a little nervous.
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I am still confused. My ammonia levels are 0. Nitrite is at 3. Is it cycling? Should I add a shrimp? I haven't seen an ammonia spike at all yet. This is day 5.
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Still cycling. What is your nitrate reading? That will tell us a lot more.
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My nitrates are at 40. Still no ammonia spike. Low nitrite levels. Should I put in a shrimp?
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I would wait till the nitrite reaches 0.
I may be your test kit. May want to take a water sample to your LFS for comparison.
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you may have simply missed the ammonia spike. If your cycling with LR this is certainly possible. Ammonia is the easiest thing to remove through natural filtration. The LR is pulling out the ammonia immediately. The Nitrites and Nitrates (in that order) are the next hardest things to remove. The stage your at now is the leveling off of Nitrites and the spike in Nitrates. Once the Nitrites drop to 0 and the Nitrates level off, you're just aobut done, do a large water change and call it a cycle!
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Sweeet! I'll hang in there. I do know the test kits I have are kind of old. They came with my used tank. I am getting fairly identical readings with both kits. I will take a sample to my LFS later today. Thanks!!
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