Cycling Tank

  1. J

    Jonny Bones New Member Member

  2. Lollipop0912

    Lollipop0912 Valued Member Member

    There doesn't seem to be much of a difference. They are both cultured bacteria to aid in cycling your tank. I really don't see a difference. Welcome to the forum! If you don't mind me asking, what size tank are you starting? Do you have any stocking ideas?
     
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    Jonny Bones New Member Member

    I have a 10 gallon tank and have been considering either neon tetras or a few guppies, with a couple of corys
     


  4. Lollipop0912

    Lollipop0912 Valued Member Member

    Awesome! In a ten gallon, I'd advise against tetras but go for 6 or so male guppies. Please don't get a mix because reproduction rates will overstock your tank in a few days. Salt and pepper cories are super cool!
     
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    Jonny Bones New Member Member

    Oh really? Why no on the neons? I thought they were small fish and didn't need too much room. And yes I definitely won't want the guppies mating haha. Agreed!
     
  6. DuaneV

    DuaneV Well Known Member Member

    They are small, but they are super swimmers and need a lot of room. A 2o gallon long is usually recommended as minimum. Plus they do better in large schools, and you cant do that in a 10 either.
     
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    Jonny Bones New Member Member

    Oh okay makes sense. I'll prob just go with the guppies as I just wanted a colorful fish swimming around. Thanks for the tips much appreciated.
     
  8. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    It seems that Startzyme is basically a combination of API's AquaSafe (a water conditioner) and API's Stresszyme. Stresszyme is not the proper bacteria for cycling a tank, it claims it is for breaking down organic sludge.

    Tetra SafeStart on the other hand is for cycling your tank. It is basically a bottle of the naturally occurring bacteria that cycles your tank.
     
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    Jonny Bones New Member Member

    Oh okay thanks for the info. I luckily already ordered some safestart.