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AmyK 02-21-2009 07:05 PM

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.

JohnnyD44 02-21-2009 07:24 PM

I'm confused at to what you mean by "good" bacteria?

AmyK 02-21-2009 08:06 PM

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.

FordMan 02-21-2009 08:40 PM

cycle by hagen works decent another idea is grabbing some old filter media from a friend who has an established disease free tank

Lupin 02-21-2009 09:09 PM

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.

FordMan 02-21-2009 11:55 PM

indubidubly

AmyK 02-22-2009 09:09 AM

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??

Spoon 03-08-2009 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lupin (Post 174277)
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?

JohnnyD44 03-08-2009 06:52 PM

the filter media needs to be kept wet, if it dries out , you'll lose all the beneficial bacteria

Spoon 03-08-2009 07:01 PM

I have it wet, in a zip-loc bag. How long do you think it will keep?


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