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Old 07-02-2011, 01:45 PM   #1 
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Instant Aqaurium

I went ot the aqaurium store today and they told me they sell

Instant Aqaurium/Carib Sea gravel and this would cycle my tank for me.

I am leeery now because I have made so many mistakes so far,

I don't want to burn my Bettas eyes or Gills.

Is this correct.
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:49 PM   #2 
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Depends. The only thing that can cycle your tank from a pet store is live cultures that are stored in a fridge. If these are on the shelf, then no, they won't work.

A lot of pet stores will try to sell you 'instant cycle' products because it's an extra $10 in the stores pocket. And, if you kill your fish due to ammonia issues, you come back for another fish, which is more money :) I was sold Cycle by Nutrafin for my tank, did nothing.
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Old 07-02-2011, 03:13 PM   #3 
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Depends. The only thing that can cycle your tank from a pet store is live cultures that are stored in a fridge. If these are on the shelf, then no, they won't work.

A lot of pet stores will try to sell you 'instant cycle' products because it's an extra $10 in the stores pocket. And, if you kill your fish due to ammonia issues, you come back for another fish, which is more money :) I was sold Cycle by Nutrafin for my tank, did nothing.
I agree. These 'magic' potions so often recommended by unknowing employees in chain pet stores rarely, if ever work. There is a lot of controversy over them.

Granny - I would do a standard cycle. Add the Betta, lots of water changes, test the water, and wait.
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Old 07-02-2011, 10:59 PM   #4 
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Erm... you know the bacteria has to grow on stuff right?

The bags contain friable shattered rock which can store dormant bacteria inside and while they won't "instantly cycle" they will catch up if you handle them reasonably and follow the fish-in cycle rules.

Sand, especially white sand, is NEVER able to sustain any bacteria without an active biological environment.


But, as a substrate choice these packages are a very good idea.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #5 
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Thank-you for the info.

I did buy some and put it in my 10 gallon aqaurium,no betta in there yet.Tomorrow I am going to get my fresh water kit and start testing.

I am disappointed that the places that sell fish,seem not to know much about fish.so happy I found this site.

Very good people here!
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