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    They have different sized bottles so you can get the one for your size tank. I believe they have one for up to 30g and a larger bottle for up to 75g. So for a 10g tank you would just need one of the smaller bottles and for a 200g tank you would need three of the larger bottles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs View Post
    No wonder I prefer Seachem's. LOL
    Whatever works I wish someone would do some valid controlled testing on all of these bacterial boosters to see which ones are best and which ones are garbage. But my understanding of Stability is that it doesn't contain the right type of bacteria (as in bacteria that can colonize in an aquarium environment) which is why it needs to be added everyday at first and then each month. The bacteria that it does contain though is great at ammonia and nitrite consumption (while they're alive). I don't think this product works by actually cycling the tank; rather it masks the cycle while the normal aquarium bacteria take time to grow like they normally would. Even if that's the case, I don't see anything wrong since it keeps the water healthy for the fish (which is all we really want, right?). But I fear I've steered us a bit off topic here and I apologize to the OP.

    Betta113, I would suggest testing your tap water being sure to vigorously shake the second nitrate bottle to see if that's where the nitrate is coming from.

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    I cycled my 75 gal with SafeStart. It's a great product if you follow the directions to the letter. If not, you will have difficulty cycling. You needed to add the whole bottle, only once. It is normal to not see nitrites with this product - my nitrites were 0 thru the whole cycle. Your readings can go from ammonia to nitrates, without a nitrite reading. Only do a water change if the ammonia level gets too high, otherwise do not do anything for 2 weeks. Just like regular cycling, once you have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and show nitrates you are cycled. You must show 0 ammonia.
    Last edited by gronlaura; 03-22-2013 at 04:40 PM.
    75 gal - Smudge Spot Cories, Silvertip & Pristella Tetras, Scissortail & Red Tail Rasboras, Pearl Gourami, Black Kuhli Loaches, Whiptail Cats, Wild Caught BNP
    Dual 29 gals - Diamond Tetras. Harlequin Rasboras, Bloodfin Tetras
    10 Gal - Mr. Betta's Fishy Paradise

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning to dance in the rain"

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    Ok All~

    I shook the SafeStart like there was no tomorrow. The tap water nitrAte is Oppm and ammonia is maybe just slightly over Oppm, nowhere near.25. Both types of fish are actually subtropicals, so 64-75 is fine for them. I know cycling would go faster if I raised the temp, but I don't want to stress them out. Still watching all parameters and they are WNL (within normal limits) and fish are acting normally and eating well (not excessively). Anything else I might be missing? Thanks for the help!
    Last edited by Betta113; 03-23-2013 at 11:46 PM.

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