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Has anyone tried this product?

I'm setting up a 125 within a couple of weeks. Filters are a Eheim 2260 and the 2229 wet dry. I'm thinking of adding about 10 fish in the 1 1/2 range to start (along with the Stability) and adding more fish after a month or so. I will be monitoring water daily and doing 25% water changes twice weekly.

Question: Will these 10 small fish be enough to get the bacteria provided by Stability to establish themselves? Should I add more fish? The 2260 has a big filter bed - 10 litres of Pro substrate alone, not to mention the 2229 which has another five litres. I don't want the bacteria to starve and have to start the cycle all over again.

FWIW, I can't get Biospira up here in Canada.

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Have you considered trying a fishless cycle? You have better control over the ammonia levels that way and can avoid starving your bacteria. You'll also see when it's ready, so if the Stability really is a cycle-in-a-bottle you won't have to wait a full month to add your real fish :).

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I've considered it but would rather not run all over town looking for and worrying about whether I have the right type of amonia. I'd rather just go with some fish that could easily be replaced if everthing doesn't gos as planned. And yes, I am a little impatient as well.
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Many people have tried it and a few liked it, most didn't. It seesm the good old fishless cycle or using media from an established tank are still the front runners. I used Bio-Spira when I did my first tank and it worked great, however it has to have been kept refrigerated (especially during shipping) or it may not work either. If you trust your LFS to be truthfull about how long its been on their shelf (in the fridge) it is a great way to go if you don't have any one who can give you some seeded media.
 
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