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Old 06-07-2013, 07:21 PM   #11 
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There's a simple solution.... Tetra Safestart+fish=done. Seriously, save yourself the time. D: lol

Its about $12, but well worth it. Cycled all 4 tanks of mine with it, tank was basically cycled the next day.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:27 AM   #12 
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We've already begun the cycle so there's no point in starting over again. I'd prefer to be thorough and get things right the long way rather then try do it the short way. I refuse to put a fish through a cycle as well. So I'll stick to the fish food and stress zyme but I'll squash the food down to powder before putting it into the tank. (:
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:27 AM   #13 
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I don't think we have Tetra safestart here either. Seachem Stability is one option but I found it not worth the price of the bottle it came in. We do have a very good Australian owned brand called Aquasonic that does produce bacteria in bottle products. I have never tried them, but it would be interesting to see how they compare.

Not sure what you are doing now, but maybe put the food in a stocking and that way it will keep more contained and not get everywhere?
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:33 AM   #14 
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I don't think we have Tetra safestart here either. Seachem Stability is one option but I found it not worth the price of the bottle it came in. We do have a very good Australian owned brand called Aquasonic that does produce bacteria in bottle products. I have never tried them, but it would be interesting to see how they compare.

Not sure what you are doing now, but maybe put the food in a stocking and that way it will keep more contained and not get everywhere?
Sprinkling food in everyday. Cycling two filters in a 20L tank.
Got to add stress zyme one last time.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:49 AM   #16 
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I would personally confine it in a stocking. That way at least it wouldn't be getting into your filter/everywhere.

Cycling a tank sucks. I am so glad my goldfish tank is cycled so I can just grab media from there.
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I would personally confine it in a stocking. That way at least it wouldn't be getting into your filter/everywhere.

Cycling a tank sucks. I am so glad my goldfish tank is cycled so I can just grab media from there.
Good idea. I'll look for cheap stockings. :3
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:40 AM   #18 
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If you're sticking with fishfood, powderizing it also cuts back on the possibility of mold. (Good instinct, there.)

Sorry you can't get pure ammonia in Australia. Bet your water is pretty soft, though. Helps take the toxic out of ammonia.

I cycled my first tank with shrimp. Only had a little mold around the shrimp/mesh. But that tank smelled funny during the cycle and ever since.
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