Stress Zyme To Start Nitrogen Cycle? Can I Add Fish Soon?
Posted 02 January 2008 - 07:42 PM
Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:12 PM
Best get adding a source of ammonia and read the topics on fishless cycling.
Posted 02 January 2008 - 08:55 PM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:34 AM
Edited by SXI - Matt, 03 January 2008 - 10:36 AM.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:57 AM
Would you recommened using stress zyme, i used this in my old tank added it and waited 2 weeks before ading fish and had no problems this time around on my new tank i tried another brand waited the recommended time and put the fish in and had no end of problems so have empted the tank re-filled and going to use this again as had no problems befor, how ever do i put one dossage in and then wait two weeks or do i keep adding it? Doesnt say on the back only has directions once fish are in?
I've used both Stress Zyme and Nutrafin Cycle to cycle new tanks and not had any problems with either. Do you add a food source to you tank for the bacteria during cycling? I normally add 1 flake a day. You put one dosage in on day1 then another on day7 for most of them, just remember to test for ammonia and nitrite every day so you can make sure that the levels peak and then return to 0
Posted 03 January 2008 - 09:29 PM
Edited by SXI - Matt, 03 January 2008 - 09:32 PM.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:06 PM
All the best, and good luck with what ever methord of cycling you choose
Edited by rabbut, 03 January 2008 - 10:08 PM.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:33 PM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:41 PM
Excellent im going to stick with the stress zyme then add the first dose in the morning then the secound in a week. No iv never thought of doing that adding a flake aday would that help then? Oh and ill definatly check every day so with one dose itl make the cycle peak and lower then? sorry its been a while since iv done this? And on the back of the stress zyme bottle it only says dosage once the fish are in? so deffinatly do one dosage then a week time secound then a week and 1st fish?
I think thats what it is for Stress Zyme but for my last tank I used Nutrafin Cycle as I couldnt get hold of Stress Zyme. As the flake decomposes it releases ammonia which is then converted to nitrite which in turn is converted to nitrate. A different strain of bacteria is used in each conversion. Once the ammonia and nitrite have reached their highest level and dropped to zero it should be safe to add a small few fish. When I used Stress Zyme I added a few small tetras on day 28.
Posted 03 January 2008 - 10:49 PM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:30 PM
Posted 03 January 2008 - 11:32 PM
Edited by Mikaila31, 03 January 2008 - 11:38 PM.
Posted 04 January 2008 - 12:46 AM
Posted 05 January 2008 - 01:44 AM
Stress Zyme is not a bacteria starter. Quote from their Tech Sheet on their website:
Im not tyring to speed my cycle up im quite happy waiting a couple of weeks just trying to find out what i have to do now i have filled it up and let the temprature settle so far i havent added any think to it not even my plants yet whats my next step?
"Stress Zyme is a biological filter additive containing live bacteria that improves the development of the biological filter and helps clean a dirty aquarium. The build-up of organic pollution in the aquarium inhibits the growth of nitrifying bacteria. The bacteria in Stress-Zyme keep conditions in the aquarium right for the development of the biological filter by consuming harmful organic pollutants. This speeds the development of the biological filter in newly set up aquariums. A build-up of organic compounds also promotes the growth of disease-causing organisms in the aquarium. Stress Zyme keeps the biological filter working properly by keeping the aquarium gravel and filter clean. Water quality and living conditions are improved when Stress Zyme is used on a regular basis."
It doesn't say that it contains nitrifying bacteria. I love API test kits and use Stress Coat as a dechlorinator but think Stress Zyme is a total waste of money. It won't hurt but I seriously doubt that it will help. I tried it one and could not tell that it did anything.
As has already been mentioned, you need a food source (ammonia) to build the bacteria colony. You can use botted ammonia in a fishless cycle as well as fish flakes (put them in something and hang in the tank rather than just dumping them in - makes a mess) or prawns. Basically anything that decays will create ammonia. It's just a lot harder to regulate how much you have put in with items that will decay. Of course, if you cycle with fish, they are the ammonia source with their waste.
Back to the original question. If you want to do a fishless cycle, you can't add fish until you have added ammonia long enough for the bacteria clony to develop (see fishless cycling thread in my signature). If you cycle with fish, just make sure you go very slowly (no more than 3 hardy fish to start), test daily to make sure ammonia and nitrite aren't getting high and do water changes as needed. You goal in cycling with fish is to make sure the ammonia and nitrite levels stay at .25 ppm or below. That may require water changes every day or even a couple times a day.
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