Stability might be enough if you're patient and "Time is On Your Side". But when I read OP "ready to quit the hobby" IMHO that translates to spending $20 might be a worthwhile investment if it could save a fishkeeper by getting a tank cycled a week or two faster.
If Turbostart 700 didn't work for you, your experience counters mine and that's fine, I'd like to hear about it. Nothing works for everyone (except perhaps Prime). But to diss a product that you haven't used while dismissing others successful experiences with it is pretty sad for you. Generally I agree that there are not many short cuts that work, but remember the shortest path around the earth isn't a straight line. Occasionally a new path or product is worthwhile. At least with my Texas chloramine-loaded hard water, that stuff has been a godsend.
Walking the tightrope of discus in a high tech planted tank.
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