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  1. Nemo84

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    Hey Masa
    Is there a alternative to special blend as i cannot get at any of my lfs. They have a brand nutrifert cycle start or tank start .
    Does tetra have a product i can use ?
     
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  3. JS

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    A couple good ones...stability...microbactor 7...
     
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    I like stability. Have been using it for some time and started a few tanks using it.
     
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    Stability is a Seachem product.
     
  6. Nemo84

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    None of the lfs in Margate and shelly beach stock marine products , is there an alternative i can use ? Otherwise I'll make a trip to Durban to get some . I'd like to add something before i add the live rock
     
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    Try Aquaria-Sa.
     
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    BTW. You add Liverock then the stability/special blend
     
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    Yip. Agreed.
     
  10. Nemo84

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    I was told to add special blend first
     
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    No the bacterial product is to help populate your rock.
     
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    You do not need really need any starter bacteria to cycle your tank. It just helps to speed up the cycle.
     
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    Bacteria will populate all over your tank...adding bacteria is not just for populating your rock...old folk stories...stick to your idea...add some bacteria if you can get some. Else, its not a train smash if you cant get some now...
     
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    It will populate all over your tank, but Liverock is the most porous so that is where most of the bacteria will colonize.
     
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    Do i leave my skimmer on when adding special blend ?
     
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    plenty suppliers with stability in your area...we just supplied a new shop in toti last week with the product too
     
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    Do you add special blend just in the beginning of the cycle.?
     
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    As far as I know one can dose special blend as a maintanance dose as well. Just check the bottle. Won't cause any harm if you dose it. It just add bacteria to your tank.
     
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    I do maintenance dosages and it works wonders. Before I used to clean my rank 2 times a week to keep the glass clean, now I only to it every two weeks... Also everything in the tank has been thriving. I vouch for special blend
     
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    Imo it foesn't really matter which you add first
    My logic is:
    You don't need to dose bacteria if you have live rock. But you can.
    But
    You don't even need to add live rock to a tank to run a tank if you dose some bacteria
    That says to me that its really six of one half a dozen of the other.
     
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