Bought this in place of doing a fishless cycle for our axolotl tank. We already had our axolotl in a tub so we were able to add old tub water to the tank after a tub change to see how well the filter would handle the bio-waste. We put the axie in the tank a few days after putting the filter in, and the parameters and everything has been great! Ammonia 0; Nitrites 0, and producing nitrates. I'm not sure why some ppl go through the stress of fishless cycling for weeks/months when they don't have to.
The active filter works like a charm... It brought Ammonia to 0; Nitrite to 0; Nitrate to 10 PPM in my goldfish tank OVERNIGHT!!!!!!! I screwed my tank nitrogen cycle by putting doxycycline antibiotic in the main tank (did not have a hospital tank :( :( ). I was so worried for my 3 goldfish... Nitrite was spiking to around 5 PPM...Ammonia 1 PPM... I ordered Seachem Stability, API quick start, Fritzyme Turbo, Fluval Bacteria, and Tetra SafeStart,,,, but NOTHING WORKED...I wasted close to 100 bucks on AMAZON on these products... Yesterday evening I just set up these active filters... and today morning... Ammonia, Nitrite were 0... I was so magically surprised ... I wish I found this site earlier... Someone on REDDIT posted this site...and THANK GOD such a thing exists... !! I am going to buy these again in the future to set up new tanks... No need to wait for months to cycle with those useless bottled bacteria.......those bottled bacteria things DO NOT WORK..save your money. Active filters are the way to go and the future of cycling the tanks :)
This worked beautifully! I wish I would have found these before I wasted money on the bacteria in a bottle. I asked all my local fish stores if they would sell an active filter sponge but they did not have an option so I went to Google and found this option. It worked amazing and now I can focus on slowly stocking my tank. Thanks Angels Plus!
Ammonia was at 1-2pm and Nitrite. 25ppm before adding filter. After adding Nitrite went to 0 Ammonia climbed to 2ppm. This lasted for about 6 days. Just as I had given up thinking it didn't work my Ammonia went to 0ppm and Nitrite to 2ppm-5ppm (hard to tell with the color when it gets that high) for 2 days. After the 10th day Ammonia is at 0ppm Nitrite at 0ppm and Nitrate about 30ppm. The tank finally cycled in 10 days with this filter. I had used 4 different bottle bacterias buying the tank in March. This filter did in 10 days what I could not accomplish on 2 months. Will definitely buy again when I start a new tank.
I spent quite a while dumping a variety of bottled starters into my new tank, and even added some of the aquarium-specific ammonia additive to kick off a cycle… It may have been working slowly, but the gradations were glacial until I found AngelsPlus and purchased 2 small active filters! The tank water parameters came into perfect harmony within 48 hours: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10-15 ppm nitrate, ph 8-8.2 (unchanged & stable).
My goldfish arrive today and the tank is ready to receive a reasonable bioload. So glad I found AngelsPlus!! Thank you for selling active media. I don’t know why more retailers won’t do this - but I’m grateful you do!