Originally Posted by JessJesting
I have heard of Tetra Safestart but I am leery of buying things like that. Has anyone had any personal experience with it?
I have! My sister had 5 fish in a 1.7gal tank( we were new to fish keeping), we took the water to test at Petsmart and everything was severely high. We bought a 5.5gal tank along with the small bottle of Safestart as they recommended. ($13, but VERY WORTH IT) We put all the old stuff in the new tank along with some new gravel and plants, then we put the fish in, and added the entire bottle of SafeStart like the instructions said. The next morning, Nitrates were at around 3.0 and ammonia and nitrites were 0!!! We have not had any spikes of ammonia or nitrites AT ALL! They have been 0 ever since. (been about 3 weeks now) Her fish are all happy and healthy too (Well, after we got rid of the mollies parasites, which we had to treat the entire tank just in case. The cycle was never affected amazingly):D
Basically, the SafeStart cycled the tank overnight, lol.
Also I just read you bought it, you probably don't have nitrates because you didn't add the fish yet. :P The plants are eating the nitrates. I think it's safe to say you're cycled!