Tetra SafeStart PLUS 3.38 oz
this is the one product that worked for me
I had a few bouts with disease in my discus tank over the past several months, each time treating with antibiotics which destroyed the beneficial bacteria. I've tried several other products (Stability, Nite-out, Micro-lift, etc), none of them recycled the task. Ammonia and Nitrite readings were unaffected. This last time around I tried Tetra Safe Start Plus. I have a 165 gallon tank so I needed 2 8oz bottles, added over the course of 2 days. By the 3rd day my ammonia & nitrite readings went from "off the charts" to zero. I almost couldn't believe it worked as well as it did, after spending so much money on other products that did nothing. I'll definitely recommend this product, as it's the only one that worked for me.
January 24, 2015
Best Starter product I have used!
I have used this 5 times on different tanks and ponds with great success. Here are some tips I have learned for success with this product:
You cannot use Safe Start to clear high ammonia levels. Safe Start is living bacteria that can be killed by already present high levels of ammonia, just like the fish can. You have to do partial water changes to reduce the ammonia levels down to below 2.0. Once they are less than this, you can add the Safe Start and it will finish removing the ammonia, and establish your biological filter for you. Keep in mind, this will take up to a week for it to complete.
wait 24 hrs after water change to add safe start. if levels don't go down after a couple days the product is not working. Last 1 year unopened. Lasts 6 months opened tightly closed lid. In a new tank, we recommend two weeks before performing a water change after tetra safe start is added. In an established tank where you might be trying to just re-seed after medicating or something, one week. So in your case, two weeks or now.Yes, it could. When online companies ship it, they typically use ice packs, etc, to adjust the temperature and keep it stable. It is safe between 40 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.Yes, there is an expiration date on the bottom of each bottle.Also, only feed once every three days for the first month, 1 to 2 pieces of food per fish. Only change 5 gal at a time diluting it. slowly, then check ammonia levels to be less than 2.0 ppm.
December 15, 2014
Best product to start a new tank
I was interested in starting a new small tank due to the lack of space in my house. After reading a lot about the nitrogen cycle, I used this product and never lost a fish at the beginning. I also found out that a small tank is more difficult to stabilize . I add this product to the water after each water change and gravel cleaning. I am completely satisfied.
October 27, 2014
Would not have an aquarium without this product!
I was one of those moms who was thrust into aquarium ownership by my daughter who "won" two goldfish at the fair. Little did I know what I was getting into. We tried the Goldfish bowl for a few days, but quickly realized that changing the water every 24-48 hours was not going to work well for our busy family. When I started researching aquariums online, I found out about the nitrogen cycle and nearly had a heart attack. By this time, both of my girls were extremely attached to the goldfish, so I kept researching and came across Tetra SafeStart. It had mixed reviews, but those that loved the product were very passionate about it. I thought it certainly couldn't hurt. We got the aquarium up and running in about 24 hours, then added Tetra SafeStart, and then the fish about 15 minutes later, and they've been swimming around happily ever since. I never had a nitrite or ammonia spike over the course of the nitrogen cycle, which took about three and a half weeks. In fact, I've never had an ammonia or nitrite spike, even when changing the water, in almost a year now. I change the water every 10 days and add a little SafeStart each time, ensuring my bacteria colonies are strong. The main thing to remember about this product is to follow the instructions on the bottle to the letter. And shake, shake, shake that bottle before you add it to the aquarium.
June 13, 2014