Aquarium Cycle Kit: Fast, Clean Nitrogen Cycling
Aquarium organisms from protozoa to fishes release ammonia into the water as a metabolic waste product. Ammonia is highly toxic to marinelife. And, it can build up quite rapidly. Thankfully, the natural world (and most aquaria) contain only trace quantities of the substance due to the activity of nitrifying bacteria. These mainly aerobic, autolithotrophic microorganisms include both ammonia-oxidizing species (which make less toxic nitrite) and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria (which make relatively harmless nitrate).
There is a lag time between the first appearance of these microbes and the disappearance of the last detectable level of nitrite. That is, the system requires some amount of time to “cycle” before it is safe to introduce all but the very hardiest livestock; adding fish to an uncycled system typically results in a total tank crash with a few weeks.
In former years, it was common practice to deploy a pioneer fish (mollies, damselfish, etc.) in order to get the ball rolling. Other methods alternately used rotting organic matter (such as dead prawns) as a nitrogen source. The former technique has since been deemed cruel whereas the latter has lost favor due to the filth it produces. Nowadays, the preferred methods for cycling a new aquarium are totally clean and humane, utilizing only bottled inoculants and inorganic nitrogen sources.
The Aquarium Cycle Kit contains the most essential components to biologically establish a new biofilter medium, sand bed or hardscape. Get your nitrogen cycle off to a rapid start by using only the best live nitrifying bacteria and the perfect fuel to help the microbes thrive! Using this combo pack, which includes TurboStart 900 and NitroCycle, you can cycle a completely sterile system in as little as five days. For a complete cycling system, including biomedia (MarinePure) and denitrifying bacteria (PNS Substrate Sauce), simply upgrade to the Ultimate Aquarium Cycle Kit.
Here’s What You Will Receive:
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