I have used it to both start a new tank and to reseed a tank that needed to start over. It is great! I have used other methods to cycle too, but for sheer speed and durability, the cycle you get with Bio-spira cannot be beat. The next best thing that I have found is the pure ammonia method of cycling a tank fishless. (see Option 3 in Cycling Your Tank Fishless on https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm).
Yep, Bio-Spira worked great here. Had a 29gal tank that was taking a long time to work through the cycle (like many new folks I had added 4 small fish right away, not fully understanding the cycling process). Finally, I found a store that carried Bio-Spira, added it, and within 24 hours began to see first signs of increasing ammonia and nitrite levels. Everything progress quickly from there. With lots of water changes to protect the fish during the cycling, we made it through the cycle quickly with no lost fish!
I have used it twirce to start new tanks and it works just wonderfully. Just don't overstock your tank when adding fish. Basically, set your tank up, let it run for 24 hours, add the bio-spira then your fish. When you order it, don't go the cheaper way, I did only once and the bag got squished and the product ruined!
Ditto! That is exactly what I did, no probs. My water readings were excellent through the whole process. Again, I would not fully stock using the bio-spira but rather add 1/3 of the fish you were thinking of and every 2 weeks thereafter.
My experience with bio spira has been 100% successful. I have used it three times with great results. It is the only product with the actual bacteria found in a cycled tank. All other products may accelerate the biological process, but don't actually contain the needed bacteria. The bio spira is free floating and needs time to settle in your filter or on something in your tank, so doing water changes too early can actually cause you to remove some of the bacteria. I'm with Dino. I'd wait at least a week before doing my first water change unless the bio spira isn't working, and your ammonia and/or nitrites are sky high. I have also read that for some reason, it works better when adding a full bio load of fish instead of just a few fish. I have always used it in emergency situations, so my experience has been it's worked great with a full bio load of fish.
I used it in small tanks and even though it said that you cannot overdose, I found that if I used the whole ounce in the 5 gallon tank I got ammonia and nitrite spikes. So I used my trusty insulin syringe and used a cc/gallon (30cc in bag for 30 gallons = 1cc/gallon) and got excellent results with no ammonia spike and not a trace of extra nitrite. The rest it says is good for 6 months in the refrigerator and I wrapped it up GOOD in plastic wrap and a baggie and it is in a dark place so as not to disturb the bacteria. (used new syringe for each tank)
I've used it multiple times and it hasn't worked for me yet unfortunatly.
First time I think it was just b/c I got an bad bag of it.
2nd time, it didn't work b/c I also think it was too old.
3rd time, It WAS working.. gave me nitrite readings and all that good stuff.. but then suddenly... ammonia kept rising, and nitrites disappeared.
Even though I haven't had luck with the product, I do think it's good if you can get your hands on some that hasn't all died.
I have used it but in the wrong way when I had a new tank and about 30 really BIG Goldfish that I put in..and I added all of it which it says on the back the all of it is enough for up to 90 gallons and I have a 55 gallon...but my mistake was that I didn't have a test kit to read about nitrates and Ammonium and all that other stuff and I also did a HUGE water change a week later about 75% which was a big mistake and I also cleaned the filter medium at the same time and Cleaned all of the gravel using the gravel cleaner.
Good product...just make sure you use it properly.
I have another question for you I started to cycle my 29 gallon take fishless with ammonia I decided I was going to buy bio-spira instead is has been about 7 days into my cycle and I want to know if I put the bio-spira in now can I keep adding straight ammonia to the cycle to feed the bacteria instead of having my healthy fish in there to provide the ammonia. My ammonia reading is between 4 and 8 ppm. Already starting to see a little bit of nitrite just below .25 ppm. I was going to do a big water change after my tank is cycled and then add my fish to the tank.
If you want to add bio-spira, do a huge water change, the bigger the better, (get your ammonia UNDER .50) 60+% (or more if still above .50). Then add biospira, then add fish right away. You need to make sure the bio-spira is fresh though, because if it sits in the bag too long the bacteria will die. Brianna
I am having it shipped from dr. fosters and it is being shipped over night it has been shipped today and while be here tomm. So I am hoping it will still be good. So when I do my water change I was only going to get the water out or should I clean the gravel as well.
I will do that when I get bio-spira I will do a big water change add the bio-spira and then add my fish. Sound right? It will not hurt my fish at all to do this I don't have to keep doing water changes.