Tetra safestart experiment

Discussion in 'Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle' started by wayne834, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. wayne834Valued MemberMember

    For no particular reason other than tht my suppliers wont deliver fish until jan 4th,and tht my LFS employees talk like test crash dummies ,I decided to add my safestart stock of 450mls to my spare 200L tank and 4ppm of ammonia shortly after out of curiosity of how the 2 would work.

    I`m only posting the chemistry results for readers curiosity and interest ,if it raises points all the better.

    so on Tuesd added safestart 450mls ! reccomended minimum amount is 5mls per 6L . so 3x dose ,i have 3 filters (my excuse,i just added it all.Temp 78F well planted.

    Tuesd amm 4ppm(1st dose) 0 nit 0 nitrates ph 7.5

    Weds amm 3-4ppm nitrites 0.25am .50-1ppm p.m nitrates 10ppm

    Thursd amm 3ppm am 1ppm p.m nitrites 2-3 ppm am 4ppm p.m nitrates 30ppm ph 7.5

    Frid am. AMM Re-dosed last night with 7 mls now 2ppm
    nitrites 5ppm
    nitrates 40+ppm

    sat am. AMM 2PPM NITRI...5ppm nitrates a whopping 80+ ph down to 6.6 !
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  2. oscardudeValued MemberMember

    Nice! The stuff seems to work well IME.

  3. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    Ha. And everyone was adamant it wouldn't work fishless.
  4. mmolitor87Well Known MemberMember

    All you need is the ammonia from the fishes' poo! It makes perfect sense that it would work. :)
  5. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    Well, that's what I thought too.
  6. wayne834Valued MemberMember


    so , within 4 days , ammonia has peaked at 5ppm and reduces to 2 rapidly
    nitrites rose within 1 day and remain at 5 for 2 days
    nitrates rise from day 2 from 10ppm to 80+ ph has dropped from 7.4-6.6 overnight following the 1st ammonia top up.... ?fun:) and fast!

    not certain whether another safestart dose will do?
  7. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    You're supposed to wait 14 days, so give it some time :)
  8. wayne834Valued MemberMember

    Don`t stop me now,I`m having such a good time;p

    Sat pm AMM 0ppm nitrites 4-5ppm eek :) quick more ammonia ,love those bacteria ,feed them;p

    nitrates 80-100 ^-^
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2012
  9. CichlidnutFishlore VIPMember

    Queen, the sound track to extreme fish keeping :D
  10. wayne834Valued MemberMember

    wowza sund midday 4-5ppm monday midday-0-0.25 amm

    sund midday 4ppm nitrites monday midday 2ppm

    I think this has worked so well due to dosing 3x as much safestart as instructed...now i need to keep it going till jan 4th lol..no fish till then:(

    Another beautifull day,the postman delivered a letter from your lover,only a phone call away,you try to track him down but he`s too busy cycling!!

    more Queen:)

    happy xmas fish people!

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