09-19-2013, 08:12 AM
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Nutrafin Cycle is not the best cycle helper on the market, It does't contain the two types of bacteria that actually convert ammonia and then nitrite. It merely converts ammonia to nitrate, but doesn't flourish and colonize your tank. That's why the maufacturer says to use it regularly.
Tetra Safestart is probably the easiest to get of the bottled bacteria. Make sure it's fresh.
Arguably the best bacteria product is Dr Tim's One-and-Only. Shipped fresh from the factory in an insulated container to ensure freshness.
Also commonly available are API Quickstart, ATM Colony an Niteout. I have spoken directly with keepers who have used these products successfully to quickly cycle their system. I've heard of Seachem Stability working.
With your low pH, your cycle will have a hard time getting going. Patience, even with bacteria, is required.
If you can manage it, lots of fast-growing live plants will keep your stock safer during startup.
(I said that so beaslbob won't smack me.)
Last edited by Hallyx; 09-19-2013 at 08:16 AM..