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 would like to know the difference between this product and the product API - Quick Start, does it contain the same strains of bacteria (nitrosomas eutropha and nitrobacter winogradski)? Thanks for your help :)

Asked by: Ivana
We do not know what is in API since that is not our product but it is unlikely to be the same strains. Ours is only cultured bacteria, and our bacterial blend is patented. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-27

Im setting my new tank up with safestart and my water has turned cloudy after 1 day will it clear

Asked by: cody2015
It will eventually, yes, how fast depends on what is causing it. If you have not added fish yet, the bacteria are dying off, and your are getting a bloom from that most likely. You could also be getting microscopic animals blooming. If so, the TSS will remove them. Make sure you are not overfeeding as that can cause this as well. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-23

I added a small bottle of TSS to a 20g tank and added one molly and one platy 1.5 to 2 hours later. Will the TSS still work? When should I test the water? Also, how much food should I give them and when are water changes necessary?

Asked by: Nikki76
Ideally, you should put the TSS in at the same time as the fish, however, 1.5-2 hours should not have done too much damage. Therefore, the TSS should still work. Test the water every 24-48 hours, and begin water changes at the end of the first two weeks. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-20

I have a 55 gallon tank with 10 3" cichlids. Its been set up for 2 months, Ive had fish in it for 1 month....my ammonia is OUT OF CONTROL. I have done water changes with little effect. Can I add this product to my take w/fish in it?

Asked by: LeAnn
I guess so as you have way too many fish for such a new tank. Yes, SafeStart Plus can be added to the tank with the fish in it. However, if the ammonia or nitrite levels are super toxic, they will kill bacteria also. As long as they are no more than around 5 ppm, it should take effect and start bringing the levels down in a few days. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-20

I used TSS on my 10g tank (4 weeks old) yesterday and did the API test on it today. Ammonia is 0, Nitrite is 5 ppm, and Nitrate is 5 ppm. What should I do to reduce the Nitrite?  

Asked by: Nikki76
Nothing. TSS takes a few days to take effect, let it do its job. The nitrite will start coming down pretty quickly now. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-20

Can i add safesmart while fish are in tank still?

Asked by: Tabithasmith92
Yes, SafeStart can be added while the fish are in the tank. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-17

Two days ago I added SafeStart and some small fishes to my aquarium. Everthing seems fine, so far! Is it possible/worth it to add some more SafeStart (and some fresh water?) next week as an extra boost?

Asked by: Jerp
It's always good to add SafeStart at any point, but especially more than once when a tank is new. I would recommend testing your levels though, as you don't want to waste it if you don't need to. Test ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Ideally, you should be 0,0, and <10 ppm. If you are, just hold onto it and don't do anything. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-16

Do I have to do water tests after adding SafeStart and some fish? Or is it best to wait two weeks and only test the water conditions if the fish don't seem healthy?

Asked by: Jerp
Water tests should be performed at the start up of a tank, every few days during the first month, whenever any thing is "off" in the tank, such as cloudy water or sick fish. BREX
Answered by: BREX
Date published: 2017-03-16
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