StartSmart: Ammonia Reduction: Instantly Cycle Aquariums

Saltwater Fish Tank

Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria

StartSmart is the Only Biological Product independently proven to instantly nitrify, which means to biologically Convert Ammonia to Nitrite to Nitrate.Use StartSmart for Fish Tank Maintenance.

Description: Live bacterial suspension. For superior nitrification (biological removal of ammonia and nitrite) in aquariums and fish tanks. Minimizes H2S production, and minimizes potential for pathogenic bacterial growth by digesting excess organic sediment. Algae maintenance solutions!

Freshwater and Saltwater Aquariums :Ammonia Reduction

Fish Tank Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria

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Instantly Cycle New or Problem Tank: one time, then switch to maintenance dose
Solve Algae Problems: weekly until solved, then switch to maintenance dose
Weekly Maintenance Dose: to reduce need for water changes, maintain cycle, digest sludge, maintain clarity

Ammonia TEST RESULTS: Cycle Fish Tank using Fish Tank Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria 

One of the biggest problems many hobbyists have is establishing the nitrogen cycle in a new aquarium. The problem is especially serious with first-time hobbyists. I am convinced that the most common reason new hobbyists fail at fishkeeping is that they don’t get their aquariums to properly cycle. TLC Products has taken a giant step toward solving the problem of getting the nitrogen cycle going with StartSmart live bacteria. Using StartSmart is an easy, effective way to get a new tank going.

 StartSmart_2_Bar_ChartTHE CLAIMS

TLC claims that StartSmart instantly cycles new aquariums and that you can add fish immediately to a new tank after using StartSmart. They further claim that StartSmart will eliminate ammonia and nitrite in new aquariums. Fish Tank Aquarium Nitrifying Bacteria from Organic Earth Solutions LLC.


StartSmart_GraphI filled a 20-gallon high halfway with newwater (conditioned to remove chlorine, chloramines and ammonia) and then filled it up with water from an existing tank. I set up an air-driven box filter with biological filtration media (some of the small commercially available concrete-like pellets) and a piece of floss on top of them for mechanical filtration. I added the specified dose of StartSmart and added the total fish
load. The fish consisted of four 3-inch-long orandas, four skunk cories and four 2-inch-long red-tailed black sharks. I monitored the water parameters every two days and kept a log of the readings.


Over the two-week period of the test, I never had any ammonia reading. Nitrite peaked at 10 but went to 0 on the second day. After the second day, there was never any ammonia or nitrite. Nitrates were measured from the second day after the tank was set up, which tells me that the bacteria of the nitrogen cycle were working (there was no ammonia or nitrite Freshwater Aquariumbecause they had converted them to nitrates). Nitrates peaked at around 50 for two days at the end of the first week and then leveled off at around 10. The delayed peak of nitrite is what I typically see using a filter media like I used, as it takes about a week for bacteria to become well-established in the media. The reason I use them is that they provide a living environment for the bacteria that convert nitrates into nitrogen gas.

During the two weeks, I did not lose any of the fish from the tank, and they were all healthy and active. The tank was crystal clear from the first day or so, which is a further indication that the bacteria of the nitrogen cycle were well-established.


StartSmart performed exactly as claimed by the manufacturer, and it provided the bacteria for the nitrogen cycle to work from the moment it was introduced into the tank. I especially like the fact that the StartSmart bacteria do not have to be refrigerated, so there is no problem with the product being shipped to stores or with it being on a store’s shelf before being sold. StartSmart could be used by anyone setting up a new tank – especially by folks who are starting their first tank. Getting the nitrogen cycle established is key to success with an aquarium, and StartSmart gets the cycle going. FAMA.


Aquarium Fish International Sept 2010 Review