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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-03-2012, 07:47 AM
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No. You would need to properly cycle the tank for usually a minimum of 4 weeks with a supply of pure household ammonia to provide food for the Benificial Bacteria to grow successfully

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+1. Adding the starter thing won't hurt, but it definitely won't help unless there is a supply of ammonia in the tank for it to feed on. I suggest getting the API master test kit to monitor water chemistry so that you know for sure when the cycle is over. :)

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I have ammonia and nitrite test kits. Will that suffice?
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you ideally shoukld have 3 liquid test kits for a few things. what you would want is to have nitrite, ammonia, and nitrate test kits to depict whether or not you have Beneficial Bacteria contained within your aquarium to best support life

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Okay. About how much would that cost me?
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about 20-30 dollars for a good quality one

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