- Professional strength live tank starter nitrifying bioculture for rapidly cycling new marine and fish and reef aquaria and brackish aquariums in 5-7 days
- Does not require refrigeration unlike any other live tank starter
- Prevents “New Tank Syndrome”
- Provides recovery from overcrowding or disasters from bacteria bed damage or when adding new fish
- Helpful to reestablish nitrifying bacteria after cleaning rocks and surfaces or after medication use by rapidly reducing ammonia and nitrite; useful after rearranging decorations or performing major maintenance
MicroBacter Start XLM
MicroBacter Start XLM (1.2ml per gallon), Brightwell NeoMarine aquarium salt mix, purified tap water, Brightwell Erase-CL to remove all chlorine or chloramines (skipping this can kill bacteria in MicroBacter Start XLM), and test kits for the following: ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH.
MicroBacter Start XLM 15X creates a nitrifying biological filter in marine & brackish aquaria of all types and is particularly useful for new startups, resulting in cycling in about 5 to 7 days in most cases. It quickly removes toxic ammonia and nitrite naturally through non pathogenic nitrifying bacterial action. Even though this product is extremely potent, it may be overdosed at up to 5 times the rated dosage during aquarium emergencies. It should be your first choice to remove ammonia during emergencies where the filter has been inadvertently killed or when experiencing overcrowding.
MicroBacter Start XLM is a highly concentrated, selective complex of extremely effective microbes and enzymes that rapidly reduces the concentrations of organic nitrogen - i.e. ammonia, and nitrite in marine and brackish ecosystems, leading to greatly improved water quality and much faster cycling. Use of MicroBacter Start XLM does not alleviate the requirement for regular partial water changes to help maintain proper concentrations of elements that are vital to long-term health and survival of aquarium inhabitants.
Notes: Shake well before use. If not, it is normal that clumps may form in the product with an earthy smell while the aquarium water could remain cloudy hours after use.
Pitfalls: Brightwell recommends that you not use any other type of bacteria product until your cycle with this product is complete. Do not even use MicroBacter7 or MicroBacter Clean until the cycle is complete. Do not use live sand and do not use dry seeded artificial live rock until cycling is complete. Do not use any salt that is labelled as probiotic or says it contains dry bacteria.
Storage & Shelf Life: Shelf life is typically 18 months from manufacture date. For better longevity and highest potency, keep below 80°F and if possible. For best longevity, keep refrigerated at 50°F. Do not freeze. If the product arrives frozen, then thaw at room temperature. Do not microwave.
Important: First, use Brightwell Erase-Cl to completely remove chloramines and chlorine from tap water. Chloramine and chlorine are lethal to the bacteria in this product. If not removed, this will cause it to fail. Shake product well before using. Add the appropriate volume of MicroBacter Start XLM (see below) to the aquarium in an area of high flow to promote dispersion.
To seed Biological Filtration in new aquaria: Add 30 ml (6 capfuls) of MicroBacter Start XLM per 25 US-gallons (95 L) of aquarium water. Add one or more hardy fish. Remove filter socks, turn UV-sterilization and/or ozonation and/or protein skimmer off for the complete period of cycling until you are finished dosing this product. Test ammonia and nitrite levels daily or as needed, if either are above .2 ppm, then you can dose MicroBacter Start XLM again at a lower dose of 10 ml per 25 US-gallons, if desired. At 7 days or longer, Tank is cycled if, and only if, both ammonia and nitrite levels are zero and nitrate is well above zero. If either ammonia or nitrite levels are above zero, then the tank is not yet fully cycled and you should not add fish. if the nitrate is not above zero (at least .25 ppm), then tank is not yet fully cycled and you should not add fish.
To replace bacteria killed by extensive cleaning of substrates and surfaces: Add 10 to 30 ml per 25 US-gallons (95 L) depending on perceived damage to filter bed, and ammonia level.
To replace bacteria killed by medications, overcrowding or emergencies: Add 30 ml per 25 US-gallons (95 L) depending on perceived damage to filter bed. Then add 5 ml per half hour until ammonia levels come down.
To perform a Fishless Cycle: Purchase a bottle of MicroBacter QuikCycl to use simultaneously with this product, MicroBacter Start XLM according to the QuikCycl label. Fishless cycling requires both products to be used together. This product will provide the bacteria and the QuikCycl will provide the nutrients.
Ongoing care after the aquarium is cycled: To provide ongoing biological stability to a cycled aquarium: Switch to MicroBacter Clean after tank is fully cycled and one week has elapsed. Then add Reef BioFuel to provide a carbon source for the MicroBacter Clean, if desired. If you want to switch to MicroBacter7 the best time will be when the aquarium has been running for 4 to 6 months.