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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2002, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone tried Marine Labs Bacteria for eliminating cycle time in a new tank? The site is: http://www.marineland.com/products/mllabs.html

I tried it and so far, I am pleased:hehe:
I have a 55 gal tank. Given below are the conditions when I started: 7.8 pH; 18 dGH; 14 dKH; 0 Nitrites; 0 Ammonia (We have well water).

I added the recommended amount of BIO-Spira and waited 24 hours. I nervously added 6 Serpaes to the tank. Given below are the Ammonia and Nitrites readings:
Nitrates Ammonia
Day 1 0 0
Day 4 0 0
Day 6 0 0
I added 2 Cory Cats
Day 12 0 0
Day 15 0 0
I added 3 Parrot Heads
2 Goramis
Day 17 0 0
Day 20 0 0
Day 25 0 0

What do you think? So far, this stuff has lived to its claim.

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Did you have plants in the tank when you started cycling? Just curious. Plants do a great job of scavenging ammonia. If you have no plants, then the marine labs bacteria is definitely working. On the other hand, if you do have plants, the plants may be doing all the work. Which is O.K. 'cause the object of the game is zero ammonia.
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I read the data on the Marineland site. Sounds interesting!

Some questions, if you don't mind:

Where did you get it?

How much for what size bottle?

How long can you keep it in the refrigerator before it "expires"?

Up to this point, I had been using Fritz-Zyme Turbo Start #700 to start up new tanks. You have to order it overnight shipping from Fritz. It lasts about 3 months in the fridge before it expires.

Funny to think that it may not have been the right bacteria to use in the first place!

Thanks!

Tim
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I do not have any plants in the tank. I agree plant may have "buffered" the cycling.
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I got it at the LFS. One ounce treats 30 gals. It is live bacteria and I kept it refrigerated until I used it. I believe you can keep it refrigerated up to 6 months. I never heard of the stuff you used. Is there a site for it?
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You can find Fritz Turbo Start #700 at:

http://www.fritzpet.com/turbo700_main.html

Call or e-mail them and they will give you contact information for a dealer near you. You buy it from one of their dealers but the Turbo Start is usually drop-shipped to you directly from Fritz.

BTW, how much did the LFS charge you for the marineland stuff? I'm wondering if it is a better deal.

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Wow, I checked out the link you posted for Bio-Spira, which I should have done in the first place, looks like its the real deal. Finally somebody came out with an honest to goodness bacteria supplement.

I'm usually skeptical about such products because most of the older products were some sort of enzyme product which only helped a little. Some of them also claimed that they contained nitrifying bacteria but they weren't refrigerated so how long could the bacteria actually live on a store shelf.

The next time I cycle a new tank I'm gonna try it. It definitely looks like the way to go!!!
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I am through the complete cycle and I am very happy with the results. I paid $12.00 for one ounce at the LFS.

How much did you pay for the Fritz-Zyme?
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I paid $12 for an ounce too. An ounce treats 30 gallons, but it's all I got for my 44 gal and it worked great. Ammonia gone in a day, nitrites took a week. No fish stress at all.
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