Tetra SafeStart

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SafeStart accelerates the establishment of the bio-filter in newly set-up freshwater aquariums.

The live bacteria in SafeStart start working immediately to provide a safe and healthy environment for your fish without the long wait. SafeStart also reduces ammonia and nitrite, as well as fish loss caused from new tank cycle. Use to cycle new aquariums or replenish the good bacteria after maintenance.
Tetra SafeStart is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bacteria Product Hands Down... I've been using this product for years on multiple new aquarium setups from 20 Gal to 150 Gallon tanks. It has worked perfectly every time with a full load of fish immediately. Zero to very minimal Ammonia or Nitrite spikes with Nitrates appearing within a few days. It works fine with Prime conditioner. Only possible issue I've seen is if you wait to long to add the product and the ammonia is too high already. If Ammonia is greater than about 2 PPM it may kill the bacteria. Forget about the other bacteria products, this one does indeed work as advertised. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If tank cycled, Do I need to stop using it? after 1 week, my 30gal tank is ammonia = 0.5 nitrite=0 and nitrate=5. Does it mean it is cycled? Any help appreciated.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best on the market!!! After trying other products to start a cycled tank I paid the price for safestart. Yes it is a bit pricey but we'll worth it. No need to wait weeks to cycle your aquarium. After all a fishnets cycle is a boring aquarium. Yes there are many of other products that claim to start beneficial bacteria but they don't seem to work for me. Being a breeder of fresh water angelfish I need a product that works. I have in the past set up 55 gallon aquariums waited about 15 minutes after adding dechlorinator. Added a small bottle of safestart then added 30 quarter body size angels and never had a problem. Tested water daily to be safe and never found ammonia or nitrites. I only use chemical test kits because I found the tank dips are not accurate. So for those of you that are setting up for the first time use this product. You will be happy you did.
Date published: 2015-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Safe Start best product for a new tank I set up a new 125 gallons tank for Cichlid Peacock & Haps and because I don't like to wait 2 or 3 weeks I just add the TSS the next day with 12 cichlids & wait 2 days and add another 8.4 oz of TSS with the others 12 fish and 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and after 1 week start doing my reg 25% water change, best product for those like me that do not wan't to wait 3 weeks to add fish to a new tank.
Date published: 2015-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from life in a bottle Love this! have been using it in all 7 of my aquariums with no hassle and healthy fish.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fishless cycle I've used this twice doing a fishless cycle,,, All I can say this stuff simply works
Date published: 2015-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great!!!!! It works really well in our tanks. I would recommend Tetra products for any type of tank. Their products are easy to use, helpful and beneficial to having a tank. Also, Tetra sent reminder emails when we first started and registered to remind us of different treatments to use. It was nice, helpful and really great having that extra notice. I like these products!!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tetra SafeStart is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! I have a 55 gallon freshwater tank that I couldn't get to cycle. The nitrites were sky high and even after daily water changes I couldn't get it to come down. I put the whole bottle of SafeStart in and no more toxic water. I will keep using this fantastic product and highly recommend it. It's really does work and it works really fast. I thought it would take at least 2 or 3 days but it didn't. Also, my fish seemed to perk up and feel better right after I added the SafeStart to my tank. I know it's a bottle of good bacteria but I'm wondering if there are other things in it as well because I really could see a difference in my fish almost instantaneously.
Date published: 2015-02-06
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Hi  Im currently in a cycle right now using safe start plus , I want to know if I can add water to my tank since I'm getting evaporation. , would it be safe if I added water treated by a water conditioner or should I just wait till after 14 days 

Asked by: MASTER
Good question, MASTER! Yes, go ahead and top the tank, no worries there at all.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-13

Hello, I am a new fish owner and was confused on how much of the safe start I am supposed to use. I have a 5 gallon tank with 4 small fish do I use the whole bottle? Thank you in advance!

Asked by: Megloraine
Congratulations on your new tank! No, for that size tank, you would not have to use the entire bottle initially. Depending on which size bottle you purchase, reduce the amount. So, for example, assuming you bought our smallest size which treats up to a 20 gallon tank, we would recommend using only 1/4 of the bottle. There is no danger, however, if you use the entire bottle, you cannot overdose it. It would just provide you with some to add later on, perhaps after a water change or if you have to treat the fish for disease at some point and need to boost the biological filter. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-01-03

Hi I have used, Aqua safe and safe start all in one go.Can you tell me have I done wrong? Also I have left the tank a few days before adding plants and a filter. I haven't added any fish though, is all of the above OK.Many thanks.

Asked by: Steve 12
Thank you for your support of Tetra products! Generally, you want to add AquaSafe as soon as you add water. However, it is best to wait until you add fish before adding the SafeStart. The bacteria will have starved off by the time you add fish now. We would recommend adding some more at the same time you add your first fish.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-25

I am changing the canister filter on my 36 gal planted tank to a new filter. Can I "seed" the new filter by adding Tetra Safe Start into the canister?

Asked by: Bob K
Thank you for your interest in this product! Yes, you sure can! Just be sure to start up the new filter immediately after adding the SafeStart Plus to it.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-21

How much should i put in a 3g tank?

Asked by: Babibarbie
Thank you for your interest in this product. It is not a chemical so overdosing is not a concern. We would recommend 1/4 of the bottle, if this is for starting up your aquarium. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-21

I recently had a spike to 1 in Ammonia in the tank.  I added 5 new fish to make 16 in one month. I think my bio load isnt strong enough. can I dump a whole bottle in the tank water right now?

Asked by: JOSHVB
Thank you for your interest in this product. Your tank definitely is not established enough for that many fish at this time. You should definitely dose the tank with an entire bottle of SafeStart Plus in order to complete the initial cycle and bring the ammonia back down.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-19

Will it dechlorinate to?

Asked by: MrsHockman
Thank you for your interest in this Tetra product! No, this is only cultured bacteria. You would want to use it in conjunction with Tetra AquaSafe Plus to de-chlorinate the water.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-19

How much product gets added to a small fish bowl, which probably only holds a little over a quart of water?

Asked by: Fishtale
You would only use about 1/4 of a teaspoon. However, beneficial bacteria require a lot of oxygen. A bowl without any air stone or filter is not going to provide this; it is not the most suitable home for fish in general for that reason. SafeStart will not work very well in these conditions; most of the bacteria will simply die off. We would recommend purchasing a small kit of at least two gallons with a filter, etc., if this is possible.BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2016-12-16
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