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View Poll Results: Do bottled bacteria work with cycling a Tank ?
Yes good brands work 36 72.00%
They work only sometimes 3 6.00%
No they do not work 3 6.00%
They work only when I was told the parameters to maintain 1 2.00%
I dont care, would rather do a fishless cycle with Ammonia 7 14.00%
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:15 AM
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i think it does. i haven't used it for a gibberosa tank but for discus tanks. For the first setup, i poured the water into the tank, added a cup of the bottled bacteria, and ran the tank for within a week. then I added discus, which was really fine and never had any problems. so, it surely goes well with gibberosa.
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Default Dr Tim's One and Only

just started the process of cycling my 6 FT 125 tank.

I used Dr Tim's One and Only and added the ammonium chloride.
cranked the heaters up.
filters running.........magic

i'll keep my eyes on my water parameters for the next week.
I decided to not use my 3 xp3 canister filters due to a earlier contamination.

for now im just going with a cpl 110s i just got from amazon.
not an ideal situation but at this point i don't have a warm fuzzy feeling about using the xp3's
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Used Seachem Stability per the instructions and believe it helped speed things up. Jay Wilson recently did a video where as he was using Stability he added fish and is convinced it worked. Having said that, how does bacteria stay alive without a food source?
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I have never tried. I just bring in old sponges from established tanks and add fish.
135 Gallon: Four Frontosa Wild Caught Mpimbwes
90 Gallon: Tropheus Duboisi halembe
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