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Aquasonic Marine Start is the safe and easy way to start up a marine biological filter, before stocking an aquarium. As the biological filter systems used in marine aquariums develop, toxic conditions occur.
Aquasonic Marine Start chemically induces these conditions into a filter system by creating ammonia and then nitrite conditions. This leads to the development of nitrifying bacteria. This bacteria attaches to the filtration medium, filtering the water to convert toxic ammonia and nitrite to less harmful nitrate.
Use Aquasonic's Ammonia Test Kit and Nitrite Test Kit to monitor the levels.
Directions for Use:
1ml per 20L each day for 7 days. Avoid using activated carbon or other absorbent filtration until the nitrifying bacteria are established. Adequate circulation to ensure oxygen supply through the filter medium is essential. A spike ammonia will develop over the first 7-10 days. This will decrease when a population of Nitrosococcus sp. becomes established.
Following this, a spike in nitrite will be observed over days 10-21. Once this spike decreases, a population of NItrococcus sp. has become established. When the nitrite reading is zero, the aquarium may be safely stocked. Please note times may vary according to water quality and conditions.
To calculate approximate aquarium capacity: Multiply the length x width x water level height (in cm) and divide by 1,000 for litres.
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