How Much Tetra Safe Start Plus For My 10 Gallon

Skele14
  • #1
HI there,
I have had my 10 gallon with a sponge filter running for about a week and have been adding ammonia steadily with flake food in a small net, its at about 1 ppm now but want to speed up the process so I ordered some Tetra Safe Start Plus but the bottle doesn't seem to have very specific instructions on it so I am wondering how much I should use to help cycle my 10 gallon?
Thanks!
 
AquaMan3640
  • #2
I believe on the bottle it says to shake well and dump it all in, I’m not sure though. How big is the bottle?
 
goldface
  • #3
Give the bottle a good shake, then dump the entire content in. I’m assuming you got a small bottle.
 
Skele14
  • Thread Starter
  • #4
I believe on the bottle it says to shake well and dump it all in, I’m not sure though. How big is the bottle?
Give the bottle a good shake, then dump the entire content in. I’m assuming you got a small bottle.
I actually bought the 250 ML bottle thinking I didn't need to use the whole thing in one go and use it in other new tanks.
 
goldface
  • #5
I actually bought the 250 ML bottle thinking I didn't need to use the whole thing in one go and use it in other new tanks.
Just give it a good shake and pour some in, as if you’re pouring yourself a drink or making a cocktail. This isn’t a baking recipe; it doesn’t have to be exact. It’s just bacteria, so too little or too much shouldn’t hurt.
 
midna
  • #6
I got a decent-sized bottle and dumped the entire thing into my 10 gallon.
 
Skele14
  • Thread Starter
  • #7
Just give it a good shake and pour some in, as if you’re pouring yourself a drink or making a cocktail. This isn’t a baking recipe; it doesn’t have to be exact. It’s just bacteria, so too little or too much shouldn’t hurt.
I got a decent-sized bottle and dumped the entire thing into my 10 gallon.
Thanks for the pointers I think ill go with a 1/4-1/2 the bottle
 
Ravenahra
  • #8
When I used the tss on my tank, I did the following math.

8.45 ounces of tss can cycle up to 500 gallons according to the front of the bottle.

So to cycle each gallon of water, you need 0.0168 ounces (8.45/500)

Then multiply the number of gallons for your tank

10 x 0.0169 = 0.169 fluid ounces.

Use Google to convert 0.169 fluid ounces and you get 4.998 mL for a 10 gallon tank or 5 mL

As I remember the cap has a mark for 5 mL and 10 mL.

Using the whole bottle is over kill and wastes money.
 
Skele14
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
When I used the tss on my tank, I did the following math.

8.45 ounces of tss can cycle up to 500 gallons according to the front of the bottle.

So to cycle each gallon of water, you need 0.0168 ounces (8.45/500)

Then multiply the number of gallons for your tank

10 x 0.0169 = 0.169 fluid ounces.

Use Google to convert 0.169 fluid ounces and you get 4.998 mL for a 10 gallon tank or 5 mL

As I remember the cap has a mark for 5 mL and 10 mL.

Using the whole bottle is over kill and wastes money.
Thanks so much! Ill try 5 mL and see how it works
 
AquaticJ
  • #10
Dump the entire bottle in. It says to add the entire bottle to aquariums up to 100 gallons if starting a new aquarium.
 
Ravenahra
  • #11
Dump the entire bottle in. It says to add the entire bottle to aquariums up to 100 gallons if starting a new aquarium.
There's a lot of difference between 100 gallons and 10 gallons. You don't need as much for a 10 gallon as for a 100 gallon.

My dechlorinator says it can treat up to 475 gallons of water but that doesn't mean that I should pour the entire bottle into my 20 gallon tank. And TSS is the same. The small bottle can treat up to 100 gallons but that doesn't mean you need to use the entire bottle for 10 gallons.

I used the math formula to figure out 15 mL for a 30 gallon tank and poured that into my crashed uncycled 20 gallon tank with 4 mollies and a bn pleco. I used the formula for a 30 gallon because of how much ammonia my fish could put out in a day.

Doing 15 mL, I had a bacteria bloom a few days after adding it and had a cycled tank 1 week after adding it.
 
georgelee1000
  • #12
Is this your new tank? Do a water change with conditioner. Wait for 24 hours or preferably 36. Dose your tank at least half a bottle. Then wait another 7-10 days without water change or conditioner. You should be more or less set.
 
Skele14
  • Thread Starter
  • #13
Is this your new tank? Do a water change with conditioner. Wait for 24 hours or preferably 36. Dose your tank at least half a bottle. Then wait another 7-10 days without water change or conditioner. You should be more or less set.
How much of a water change?
 
DarkOne
  • #14
To cycle a new 10 gallon tank, you need 25ml. Shake the bottle really well. Then shake it again.

When I used the tss on my tank, I did the following math.

8.45 ounces of tss can cycle up to 500 gallons according to the front of the bottle.

So to cycle each gallon of water, you need 0.0168 ounces (8.45/500)

Then multiply the number of gallons for your tank

10 x 0.0169 = 0.169 fluid ounces.

Use Google to convert 0.169 fluid ounces and you get 4.998 mL for a 10 gallon tank or 5 mL

As I remember the cap has a mark for 5 mL and 10 mL.

Using the whole bottle is over kill and wastes money.
The 250ml bottle (8.45 oz) treats 100 gallons to cycle a new tank or 500g for maintenance. You need 25ml for a 10 gallon tank.

Also, the analogy to dechlorinator is wrong because TSS+ is bacteria in a bottle, not chemicals to treat the water. You can use more for more BB in the tank but it still needs to establish itself on the surfaces of the aquarium (tank, gravel, plants, decorations, filter media, etc).
 
Ravenahra
  • #15
To cycle a new 10 gallon tank, you need 25ml. Shake the bottle really well. Then shake it again.


The 250ml bottle (8.45 oz) treats 100 gallons to cycle a new tank or 500g for maintenance. You need 25ml for a 10 gallon tank.

Also, the analogy to dechlorinator is wrong because TSS+ is bacteria in a bottle, not chemicals to treat the water. You can use more for more BB in the tank but it still needs to establish itself on the surfaces of the aquarium (tank, gravel, plants, decorations, filter media, etc).
Correct you can use more if you want more bb because but you do not have to use a full bottle or even half a bottle to dose 10 gallon tank with no fish in it. Especially since the OP bought the largest size, using even 1/2 a bottle for a fishless cycle in a 10 gallon tank is wasteful and unnecessary
 
midna
  • #17
To cycle a new 10 gallon tank, you need 25ml. Shake the bottle really well. Then shake it again.


The 250ml bottle (8.45 oz) treats 100 gallons to cycle a new tank or 500g for maintenance. You need 25ml for a 10 gallon tank.

yyyyyeaaaaahhhhh I dumped that whole puppy in there lol
 

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