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cballas 09-28-2010 02:38 PM

Gravel w/ bacteria in it already? CaribSea Instant Aquarium?
My order of CaribSea Instant Aquarium came in today. It states on the directions that it is
infused already w/ bacteria (it's in water) and water conditioner so tap water can go
in As Is.

It says it will be cycled in 20-30 minutes in a filter tank & safe for fish/plants...I'm a bit skeptical here...has anyone used it?

My new 16 gallon came today, that's what it's going in, then I'm moving the danios/plants who
are currently in a 10g.

Romad 09-28-2010 07:27 PM

Never heard of it and I always think that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Maybe someone will chime in with some knowledge of it.

zof 09-28-2010 08:15 PM

Yea I'm always scared of that stuff because you have to remember bacteria is a living organism and will die if it gets to hot/cold or runs out of nutrition. But hey if it works whos to argue.

cballas 09-29-2010 10:49 AM

So I think I'll put it in the 16G with a cutting from one of my other cycled tank filters & a plant, and test the levels after a week. I like the fact it has water conditioner in it though, and at least it looks pretty. :) ( Just trying to convince myself it was worth $20, LOL :oops: )

Here is the info from Foster Smith....

*Beautiful and functional substrate for freshwater aquariums*Sand and gravel packed with water containing beneficial bacteria*"Live" substrate conditions and cycles newly setup aquariums

Condition and cycle new setups with beautiful Instant Aquarium substrate. Setting up and decorating a successful freshwater aquarium is now easier than before.
These unique substrates jumpstart the cycling process with live water-purifying bacteria contained in each water-packed bag. Instant Aquarium substrates are pH neutral and will not increase aquarium carbonate hardness.
Unique grain size resists collection of detritus, fish waste or food within the substrate bed. Available in a variety of natural gravels and sands to enhance the look and function of freshwater aquariums.
Ideal for use with most freshwater aquarium setups. Detoxifies metals, eliminates ammonia, neutralizes chlorine and chloramine and provides a protective slime coat for stressed fish. Also reduces nitrite and nitrate. Contains no artificial dyes or paints.

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