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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2018, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Cycling tank using bio-aids

I thought I'd do something different this time in cycling a new tank and bought a bottle of liquid that accelerates cycling. Talk about cloudy water right off the bat after adding the recommended dose!! I guess this is normal. I'm used to doing a fishless cycle without any such aids, and my water from the start has always been crystal clear.
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I use Seachem Stability per directions and even ďoverdoseĒ sometimes and have never had any issues with clouding at all. Clear water. No issues of any kind actually (fresh and saltwater tanks).

What are you using?
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I use Seachem Stability as well, and have no real problem with clouding. However, cloudy water can be indicative of a major bacterial bloom, so I wouldn't necessarily see it as a problem, since it should go away once the compounds the bacteria is feeding on are converted all the way through to the end of the cycle. You don't mention livestock or an added ammonia source, but I would suspect that perhaps you added ammonia as with a "fishless cycle". That might would cause a big bloom when using a beneficial bacteria product, since all they are is nitrifying bacteria, and if you add a lot of "food" for them, their population will explode more than with just a regular fish-in cycle or a fishless cycle, because you're introducing a lot more bacteria into the tank at once instead of having to wait for it to build up from a tiny, natural population. The beneficial bacteria products are meant to provide enough bacteria each day (usually added daily for a week or more) to deal with the waste output from all fish in a brand new aquarium setup, or when adding new fish to an existing setup, until enough bacteria becomes stabilized and growing on its own on the surfaces within the aquarium and the filter. So, since you're adding enough bacteria daily, there's no need to add ammonia; just add fish and don't forget to add the bacteria product daily as instructed. I'm glad they started marketing these products, and I'm sure they've saved alot of fish; it sure beats the old way of waiting and testing, testing and waiting, waiting and testing...

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