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Hi, I went to my local fish store today as i was having trouble locating some ammonia to start off a tank i wish to cycle. The people who worked at the store had no idea about ammonia being used to start off a cycle????? His suggestion was to put some bloodworms in the tank and to add some seachem stability and he claims the tank would be cycled in a week. I find this hard to believe. Has anyone used this product before?

Karen.

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Well, I found this....

http://www.seachem.com/products/product_pages/Stability.html

It says it is a bacterial additive that will jump start the cycle. Bloodworms will work like any food source in adding waste that (hopefully) breaks down into ammonia to feed the developing cycle.

It might work .....but I have no experience with it.

In my experience, the "Cycle", and other products that are similar to this one do not do much in the way of createing a cycle. Others, here, have reported some success with them.

The only thing that I have found that really does start a cycle quickly and well is BioSpira - a refrigerated bacteria concentration. But even this product is best used in a different fashion from what is stated on the package......

If you want to try this, go for it....Rmember, though, if this is a bacteria to start the cycle, you definately do need a source of waste (ammonia) to feed the beneficial bacteria as they grow - that source can be clear ammonia, a fish that makes waste or some fish food (blood worms or your choice). Ask for details from the fish shop as to how much food to put in and what to watch for to make sure it does not rot and cause problems.....

If they have healthy tanks there, you may even be able to buy or beg some filter media from them! (Even a little gravel from the bottom of a cycled tank is better than nothing - but I always worry about what is hiding, encysted within gravel.

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Hi, yes the guy said he had had no success with cycle but raved about the sachem. I was just curious that's all. I have media, plants ornaments in there from one of my cycled tanks already. Was actully looking for ammonia but have had no luck anywhere.

karen.

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i used "stability" at the beginning for my 42 gallon tank... and i had fish while using that. I did not lose any fish and they seemed to be well and healthy, but as soon as i finished the bottle and done with the recommended treatment, i didn't add anymore and the water chemistry went wecked... so maybe it takes longer and more than it claim to cycle? or maybe because it was a brand new tank and brand new everything... so it should take more?

i also tried API's stress tyme, i heard aloe can be bad for the gills... so i wouldn't add as recommended dosage.

but my personal opinion & my limited experience, i like stability, wish they have a bigger bottle... my fishes do seem to do better with beneficial bacteria added to the tank... but i dont know if it's just by chance...

i would love to try biospira, but haven't found a local store that carries it yet...

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