Turbo Start Tips
Fritz Turbo Start
by Erik Johnson DVM
Page 1: Introduction
Erik Johnson is a veterinarian, author and a fish health specialist.
Visit his site at www.koivet.com
Well folks, I have learned a bunch of new stuff. And I have approached it cautiously, and I have interviewed most of the experts on the subject. (And I am not talking about Internet pundits who don't have fish of their own.) I replicated my bench tests in this area two times and then took it into the field for some clinical experience and I am glad I did, because most of the kinks got worked out this way.
What I have to say "distills" down to this: What if you could start up a brand new system, pond, quarantine or facility and have NO BREAK IN period?
Well, you can.
There is a beneficial-bacterial adjuvant which works over and over, in almost any system. But there are "gotchas" you should be aware of.
I tested several promising new "nitrifying" products over the last year, and the situation that kept recurring was that I had to accumulate a high ammonia and nitrite level before the products I was testing could live and work. This means the fish have to experience the stress of poor water quality before the products could benefit them. Also, many of the products I tested would give variable results, and some took over three weeks to eliminate nitrogen accumulations. Not acceptable. Fish die in that time.
You have to admit that cutting the cycle-time in half is still pretty good, but I was really waiting for something that would give ZERO nitrogen accumulation from start to end. NO 'BREAK IN' spikes.
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