08-10-2011, 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I would not use the StressZyme, just Prime with water changes as needed.
StressZyme claims (from API's website):
Improves the development of the biological filter and helps clean a dirty aquarium. Contains over 300 million live bacteria per teaspoonful. Breaks down organic compounds that cause dangerous conditions such as ammonia and nitrite poisoning and low oxygen levels. Continuous use assures an active biological filter, cleaner aquarium, healthier fish and good water quality.
While this sounds fine, the "breaks down organic compounds" will cause ammonia (and thus subsequent nitrite) if it is being done naturally as this claims. The 300 live bacteria per spoon are not nitrifying bacteria but the heterotrophic bacteria that handle organics. You are attempting to establish natural bacteria in the substrate and filter to handle this, I would let this occur naturally without this product.
Great to know, I never thought of it that way. And all this time I've been using Stress Zyme to help cycle my tanks
(It's expensive too around here, a bottle of it goes for $20.00)
Whichever water conditioner is used ,should be used BEFORE new water is added to the aquarium rather than after.This ensures that fishes and bacteria (good kind) are not subjected to chlorine /chloramines.
Yes, normally that is a concern but in Hawaii, they don't add chlorine to our water. Funny, I just took a trip to the mainland a few weeks ago and was totally surprised at how the tap water smelt and tasted! I felt like I was drinking out of a public pool, that stuff would definitely melt a fish. I lived on bottled water during my stay, the Tap water made me kinda sick. I can't imagine how hard it would be to do water changes up there, to treat the water before adding, and if you have multiple tanks... wow. We've got it easy here. I'm just using the prime to help detox some of the ammonia and nitrites, and stabilizing the purigen after bleaching.