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API QUICK START Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria 16-Ounce Bottle

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  • Contains one (1) API QUICK START Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria 16-Ounce Bottle
  • Allows instant addition of fish when starting a new aquarium
  • Reduces compounds harmful to fish when used routinely
  • Helps prevent fish loss in freshwater and saltwater aquariums
  • Use when starting a new aquarium, when adding new fish and when changing water and filter media

Specification: API QUICK START Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria 16-Ounce Bottle

Item Weight

454 Grams

Department

Unisex-Adult

Manufacturer

Mars Fishcare

Country of Origin

United States

Item model number

89E

Date First Available

January 13, 2012

Item Package Dimensions L x W x H

8.5 x 2.4 x 2.28 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

2.5 x 2.5 x 8.75 inches

Brand Name

API

Target Audience Keyword

fish

Model Name

QUICK START 16 OZ

color

multi natural

size

16-Ounce

material

Plastic

Number of Items

1

Style

Freshwater

5 reviews for API QUICK START Freshwater and Saltwater Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria 16-Ounce Bottle

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  1. Barbara Felcan

    Have used Quick Start on two tanks now, one 10 gallon and one 45 gallon. The product works, BUT it has to be used in the right way (which isn’t the one printed on the back label.)

    The first time I used it on the 10 gallon was my first time setting up an aquarium, and I pretty much just dumped the recommended dosage in along with conditioner/stress zyme, then put in fish the next day. After about a week or two my ammonia levels spiked hard, then another one to two weeks or so after that my nitrites and nitrates started to spike. Ended up losing 50% of my fish before the cycle finally stabilized (the remainder have survived over a year now).

    The problem is that the cycle needs ammonia to start, and a brand new tank will not have any, nor does Quick Start contain ammonia. Therefore, if you just dump it into a new tank, then put in fish, the cycle will not start until the fish food/waste starts to decompose into ammonia, which can take a week or more. Once sufficient ammonia is present in the tank (3-5ppm), it takes about another week or two for the bacteria to then break it down to nitrites and then nitrates, completing the cycle. During this time your fish will be suffering high ammonia and nitrite levels, even with frequent water changes.

    To properly cycle your tank with Quick Start, you need to introduce ammonia into the water quickly and without fish. The “natural” and slower way to do this is to put biomass into the tank and wait for it to rot. This can be store bought fish (not live), shrimp, fish pellets/flakes, etc. However, these take time to decay. The faster way to introduce ammonia is to directly buy a bottle of liquid ammonia designed for cycling aquariums, and put in enough to reach 4-5ppm. Then immediately add API Quick Start, along with any conditioner/etc. After about a week or so you’ll notice the ammonia levels go down, and nitrites start spiking. After another few days the nitrites and ammonia will both go down close to or at 0, and nitrates will be present. Now the tank is fully cycled, and it’s safe to add fish.

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  2. Kayla Lee

    Really works keeping water stable use it every time I change the water improves quality of water per test strips. Helps water to stay in safe zone especially if you have to many fish in your community tank. Keeps tank from crashing.

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  3. Meg

    I really liked this product compared to other water treatments/biostatistics and the price is pretty cheap for how much you get. My established tanks water quality improved after a week of using and water was crystal clear. When I used it after setting up a new tank it helped with the “cloudy” start up stage and prevents new tank syndrome which any aquarist really hates. The bottle doesn’t leak or drip and the cap doubles as a dosing cup.
    Really great product, does what it says and you get a lot for a great price compared to other brands.

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  4. Kayla Lee

    10/10 essential item for my freshwater aquarium. Keeps my betta fish and tiger barbs safe & limits toxic ammonia and nitrate. A must when setting up an aquarium, prevents fish loss, contains live nitrifying bacteria to help maintain an active biological filter in an established aquarium as well. You use it when starting new aquariums and also when doing a water change.. or whenever ammonia or nitrites are present in the water. Recommend 100%

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  5. Jonathan E. Zwierko

    I could not for the life of me find out what was wrong with my tank for like 2 weeks. Fish were sickly and water changes only worked for like 1/2 day-1 day. This fixed it and recycled the tank, giving new life into the environment. It is like and instant reset to the bacteria and water cycle. Definitely recommend to anyone struggling with the water changes. P.S. Careful though I (PERSONALLY) have found that after the initial dose and maybe a subsequent one to BACK OFF with this and put it into storage as it throws things out of whack with continual use.

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