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post #1 of 13 Old 02-21-2009, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Beneficial bacteria

Well I just learned I won't be using Dr. Tim's One & Only Bacteria. The Dr Foster & Smith warehouse is located in Wisconsin and it's too cold to ship the One & Only (to Texas). Anyhoo, can anyone recommend a good bacteria? I can't find SafeStart around here either! Thanks.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-21-2009, 08:24 PM
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I'm confused at to what you mean by "good" bacteria?
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post #3 of 13 Old 02-21-2009, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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I am about to start cycling my tank and want a little something to help the process. In other words, nitrifying bacteria. Or something that will "eat" the ammonia.
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post #4 of 13 Old 02-21-2009, 09:40 PM
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cycle by hagen works decent another idea is grabbing some old filter media from a friend who has an established disease free tank

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Forget spending for those cycle bottles and get established filter media from your friends. Make sure these are free from pathogens. You can add fish almost immediately after that.

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post #7 of 13 Old 02-22-2009, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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I have a fire belly toad in a 10 gallon that I've had for almost 6 years. The problem is I am afraid the FBT may have slight toxins on his skin that may be bad for my African Dwarf froggies. Does anybody know if I could use some of my toads gravel in my new tank??
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post #8 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 06:38 PM
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Forget spending for those cycle bottles and get established filter media from your friends. Make sure these are free from pathogens. You can add fish almost immediately after that.
How about "saving" established filter media from a friends tank? I took a nice, loaded filter cartridge but I'm not ready to set up the tank. How many days can it last in a plastic bag? Should it be refrigerated?

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the filter media needs to be kept wet, if it dries out , you'll lose all the beneficial bacteria
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post #10 of 13 Old 03-08-2009, 08:01 PM
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I have it wet, in a zip-loc bag. How long do you think it will keep?

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