- Microbacter Dry Rock Bacteria Starter Kit - Brightwell Aquatics
Everything needed for fishless cycling a new system with Dry Rock is in this kit!
This kit is designed to be used with unseeded dry rock such as Marco Rock or artificial live rock replacements. Plain dry sand is recommended instead of so called 'live sand' which may have been seeded with species not conducive to cycling.
Microbacter QuickCycl & Microbacter Start XLM
Fishless cycling is a far superior method of cycling an aquarium, as it does not risk any livestock and provides a consistent and controlled source of nutrients for the bacteria to multiply and colonize new rock. Microbacter Start is a highly concentrated bioculture for rapidly cycling new aquariums. QuickCycl contains the ideal concentration of ammonium chloride along with phosphates and nitrates to feed the bacteria involved in establishing the nitrogen cycle in your tank.
A successful cycle also depends on regular testing of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate to determine progress. We recommend having all of these tests on hand prior to starting your cycle.
After the initial cycle, regular use of the included Microbacter Clean will assist in maintaining water quality and may help to reduce the "ugly stage" during the first several months as the tank matures.
Sized for up to a 100 gallon aquarium.
- Turn off skimmer, UV and remove fine filtration such as socks.
- You must use a good dechlorinator first, such as Brightwell Erāse-CL to remove chloramine and chlorine! If using RODI water, you can skip this step.
- Prepare water and adjust salinity, and temperature.
- Add full dose of QuikCycl at 4 drops per gallon or 1 ml per 5 gallons of tank capacity.
- Measure Ammonia. It should be between 1 and 2 ppm total ammonia, which is ammonia plus ammonium (NH3 and NH4+). Do not add more to get the proper reading either today or throughout the days that follow. This is because the bacteria will quickly begin to use up the ammonia, and even though added, it will may not show up on your tests.
- Add MicrōBacter Start XLM, or MicrōBacter Start XLF as appropriate for your aquarium, as directed.
Day 2: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite and record values.
Day 3: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite and record values.
Day 4: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite. If either Ammonia or Nitrite are over .25 ppm, you can add more bacteria, if desired.
Day 5: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite and record values
Day 6: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite. If either Ammonia or Nitrite are over .25 ppm, you can add more bacteria, if desired.
- Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite and record values.
- If using MicrōBacter Start XLM, and your Ammonia and Nitrite show zero, then measure Nitrate. If Nitrate is showing .25 ppm or higher, then your aquarium is cycled. If using any other bacteria, then go to Day 8.
Day 8: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite and record values.
Day 9 and subsequent days: Measure pH, Ammonia and Nitrite. If Ammonia & Nitrite values are zero, then measure nitrate and if there is a reading of Nitrate at .25 ppm or higher, then the aquarium is cycled.
At conclusion of cycling, perform a 25% water change and begin adding hardy animals, SLOWLY. Restart UV, skimmer and filtration. Go Slow!
Note: This product is designed for Fishless Cycling. Do not ever put into an aquarium containing live fish, plants, or invertebrates. Add animals only after cycling is complete!
*Contains Ammonia. Keep out of reach of children. Not for human consumption. If swallowed, contact poison control immediately.
Cycle Took Much Longer By Jamie on 6/22/2020Jamie wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI used this kit to cycle my 32 gallon BioCube with dry rock and dry sand. My tank took 36 days to cycle. Towards the end, ammonia was consistently at 0 ppm but nitrite was not dropping. I did a water change, dosed prime, and added a clownfish. I began seeing a decrease in nitrite the following day. Since then, my tank has been happy, healthy, and thriving. I began dosing clean one week after the cycle was complete and I feel as though it is living up to its claim. To anyone interested in using this starter kit: Do not expect your tank to be cycled within 7 days. Plan for it taking at least 30 days. I rated this product at 2 stars because it took much longer than 7 days, the cycle stalled several times, and it took adding a fish to finish the cycle but the clean does seem to be working well.
Total Sham By Joshua on 4/22/2020Joshua wouldn't recommend this product to a friendFollowed instructions as directed on the box exactly as it describes. This product does in fact NOT do what it says it will do, I am on day 23 and Nitrites are still high with no indication of them coming down at all. My ammonia has fallen to near zero 3 days ago. I am using a Red Sea test kit for testing and have even double checked the results with a Salifert kit as well. I advise going with Dr. Tim's to anyone looking to help the cycle along. I will be finishing this cycle by sticking with it and even adhering to the directions in terms of shortening/helping the ugly stage just so I have a fair use and understanding of the product. As a previous reef shop owner, extremely avid reefer as a hobbyist I can tell you this is not what I expected from a reputable company by any means.
Not accurate By Kyle on 4/4/2020Kyle wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI’m on day 14 and still showing nitrites!! I followed directions to a T and still not cycled. Wish I used dr tims I used that in the passed and worked faster
Not close to 8-9 days they show as example timeline By KF on 3/15/2020KF wouldn't recommend this product to a friendI’m on day 19 of cycle and still showing max test kit level of Nitrites. Brightwell should just be honest with days instead of trying to sell there product advertising quicker results.