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 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Only Product with the Right Bacteria I bought this product a week ago after looking at the ingredients and realizing these are the actual bacteria that allow the nitrogen cycle to happen. It got my partially cycled tank cycled in three days time! The only thing I don't like is that you can use prime with it.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WORKS!!! I was very skeptical about this product even after reading good reviews. I decided to buy it after setting up my new 50 gallon aquarium and letting it sit a week with no fish. Went to Walmart bought enough TSS for 60 gallons and 6 Cherry Barbs, that was on a Sunday. By Thursday I had readings of 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite and less then 5.0 nitrate. This product cycled my fish tank in 5 days. Thank you Tetra!
Date published: 2017-02-17
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
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I accidentally used to much

Asked by: Angela7022
No worries, this is just beneficial bacteria and will not harm anything. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-15

Can I use it on saltwater

Asked by: Rafa
Hello Rafa, Yes, it can be used on saltwater, but is missing one type of bacteria found in saltwater. We would recommend our Instant Ocean Bio Spira instead, but either will work in both fresh and salt water tanks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-05-11

What is the name of the cultured bacteria this product contains? Looking for the latin name if that helps!

Asked by: Haley1024
Hi Haley1024, It contains Nitrosomonas, Nitrosospira, and Nitrospira, and this formula is patented. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-28

Cycles Tank Immediately, and you can put new fish in right after ??? 

Asked by: SheffB
You add it to a new tank, and add your fish at the same time. It will cycle the tank within one to two weeks. Do not wait to add fish after adding TSS Plus as the bacteria die rapidly without a constant food source. It is also great to use after medicating a tank or adding fish to an established tank. Prevents ammonia and nitrite spikes during these situations. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-25

I used Safestart before , excellent product. And as I remember that was a clear solution. Recently I bought new bottle and it has a lot of cloudy pallet. Is it ok to use or not? Is it just death bacteria? is it ok to add death bacteria to the tank ? 

Asked by: nikiname
SafeStart Plus should be viscous and clear. Once shaken, it will have a semi cloudy appearance to it. There should be a date stamped on the bottle, this is an expiration date so as long as you use it prior to this date, and it has not been exposed to extreme heat or freezing temps, it should be fine. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-25

How much safe start do I need to use for a new 3 gallon aquarium?

Asked by: Carey
A minimum of 1/3 of a teaspoon would be recommended. You can dose as much as you wish since it is just cultured bacteria. The only side effect of overdosing might be slightly cloudy water for a bit. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-25

I have a nanotechnology tank of 1.7 gallons. I put just a few drops in. My tank is a bit cloudy. Did i put too much in or not Enough? It has 3 cherry shrimp & a zebra snail.

Asked by: Linda757
We typically would recommend at least a quarter of a teaspoon for a tank around 2 gallons, but this is just cultured bacteria so overdosing is not an issue. It is normal to get a bit of a bacterial bloom initially, but that should disappear within a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the tank. We would recommend testing your water quality and probably adding more of the product to the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-24

I have a 2.5 gallon tank for my betta fish. How much of the tetra safestart should I add to the tank?

Asked by: Melli
Half of a teaspoon would be enough. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-04-18
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