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If you are new to the hobby, or about to buy an aquarium that you need to cycle, I hope you read this. As you can probably tell I am one happy aquarium owner. After doing everything wrong with my first tank, I am happy to say that my new 125 gallon tank cycled in 1 week using bio spira. I bought my first 55 gallon tank in January 2008, and never heard anything about cycling a tank until it was set up for a week with 4 fish in it and a high ammonia level. The battle cry of my LFS was change the water to lower the ammonia. Along the way I was also told to change my filter media which I now know was a big mistake. A few weeks into this I discovered this site, and finally learned that my tank needed to cycle. It was at this time I learned about Bio Spira. This product made a difference, but did not have the instant results due to it having to work harder. This tank finally cycled about a month later with 2 more packs of Bio Spira, and 2 fish deaths. With the second tank I set up the tank, and ran the tank for 2 days. Per my conversation with Marineland I added the Bio Spira, waited until the water was clear, and added my 9 fish. After a small ammonia, and nitrite spike (nothing toxic) my readings are now 0 for both, with no fish stress or loss. I felt compelled to write this because of the various results people get with Bio Spira. Although it is expensive I would recommend that if you learn about cycling after a week or so, and have fish in your tank you should use a double dose of this product. Like I said it is expensive, but I think that will do the trick for you. The biggest problem you will have is finding the product. I live in Cleveland, and know of only 1 place to buy this. If you can find it and add it at the same time as the fish it works wonders.
 

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I used bio spira on a 29 gallon salt water tank with live rock. I added 2 clown fish 3 days later. The tank has been running for 6 months, and I have added 2 more fish, an anenome, and some corals. Coralline algae growwing well, and a beautiful, healthy tank!
 

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Too bad it's so expensive :?

I used it on some of my tanks, was too excited to wait three weeks for it to cycle :D

Many shops don't stock due to it's need to be refrigerated, adding to it's cost.
 

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artemis1 said:
Too bad it's so expensive :?
Wouldn't it be funny if someone sneaked into the top secret Bio-Spira labs and saw row upon row of undergravel filtered meatloaf eating Oscar tanks, with the technicians scooping the gunk out the bottoms and putting it into Bio-Spira bottles.
 

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I love this stuff too. I bought a pack for my 55g years ago and have been using the water and filter media to seed 6-7 other larger tanks..

I'm surprise no other company has copied the formula yet.. any chemist in the forum :D
 

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Donfish said:
artemis1 said:
Too bad it's so expensive :?
Wouldn't it be funny if someone sneaked into the top secret Bio-Spira labs and saw row upon row of undergravel filtered meatloaf eating Oscar tanks, with the technicians scooping the gunk out the bottoms and putting it into Bio-Spira bottles.
LOL! :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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.. any chemist in the forum :D
Through the use of recombinant DNA they developed a strain of bacteria that changes fish waste and tank water into beer, providing that you use CO2 injection and a tank chiller of course, thus making the task of "water" changes a delightful chore eagerly done on a daily basis usually involving only a syphon or a mug for dipping.
 

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My LFS sells the 30gall packet for $11.00, and the 90gallon packet for $25.

I just added two 30gallon packets to my 55 (with sump) two days ago. I would HIGHLY recommend this product to anyone starting a new tank, or simply adding new fish.
 
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