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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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Tank cycling - Natural vs Chemical based

I've always set up the cycle of my tanks the more natural way as opposed to using the many chemical products out there, which is suppose to expedite the cycling process in a week.

Not sure if these products work, and if any here have + experience with and recommendations on a certain product, please let me know?

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Nutrafin cycle is decent. Ive used it on multiple client tanks. And personal tanks
After more research on my part it does contain bacteria that reduce ammonia however, its a tourniquet. The bacteria will live for about a month and then die as they are not appropriate for the aquarium. This is why the product says dose more
I recently came upon microbe lift nite-out II. I higly reccomend this product. It did exactly as directed. And within a weeks time my aquasoil was still leaching ammonia but being converted far faster than it was testable. Added fish, had a small spike and thats it.
Disclaimer: my sump is sized for a 60 gallon tank and is on a 29 gallon. Im wayyyy over filtered and have plenty of surface area for bacteria for my tank

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not sure what chemical products are going to cycle your tank besides ammonia but some bacterial starters work. I've had luck many times with tetra safe start/dr. tim's one and only. I recently tried nite-out and it worked. I've also tried seachem stability and nutrafin cycle and both did not work.
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