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API Quick Start - 8 oz


Item #: AP04089

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In a new aquarium, harmful ammonia and nitrite build up from fish waste, often resulting in fish loss. The unique, patented nitrifying bacteria in API Quick Start are scientifically proven to quickly consume ammonia and nitrite to help prevent "new tank syndrome."

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals states that Quick Start "allows immediate addition of fish to a new freshwater or saltwater aquarium." Use when starting a new aquarium, adding new fish, changing water, changing filter media, after medicating , or whenever ammonia or nitrite are detected.
  • Allows instant addition of fish
  • Limits toxic ammonia and nitrite
  • Helps prevent fish loss
  • Immediately starts aquarium cycle
  • Contains live, nitrifying bacteria
  • No refrigeration required
  • All natural

Manufacturer information

Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Aquarium Supplies
Aquarium Pharmaceuticals (API) has been helping people take good care of ornamental fish for over 40 years. Their research and development scientists have advanced the care of fish with all-natural medications, stable bacteria for biological filtration, one-bottle test kits, consumer-friendly dosing caps and much more. They’ve received over 25 global patents for their breakthrough innovations in the aquatics industry. And they continue to look for ways to improve the fishkeeping experience for hobbyists. Research. Experience. Dedication to scientific, quality treatment for healthy fish. It’s what makes API the first choice of aquarium owners. API manufactures and sells hundreds of products across many different product categories, including aquarium and pond treatments, aquarium equipment, aquariums and fish nutrition.

5 Stars

kenneth wisnieski

Reviewed on
March 26, 2013

Yes, I would recommend this.

Works as advertised

I used it on my new JBJ RL30 mixed reef, dry rock/sand, and it worked as advertised. Never saw an ammonia spike and I introduced a fish right way. It's been up for 3 weeks and my ammonia and trite are always 0.

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james bauer

Reviewed on
October 31, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.

Works well

I bought this to use when adding new fish. It seems to work as advertised, I had no spike in Ammonia or Nitrite due to the increased bio-load on my tank. It might be good to point out that you need to double the dose for saltwater so it does not treat as many gallons as it does with freshwater.

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brian morris

Reviewed on
July 10, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.


I have used this on two tanks now when starting them. The previous was a 12 gallon marine tank with a 1.75" clown fish. The latest is when I started a 10 gallon tank with two 2.5" oranda goldfish. I fed them normally and have not restricted them. There was a slight increase in ammonia (as API describes), but far from any danger level and the tank cycled faster than without. No cloudiness occurred (as can be common when cycling a tank and bacteria are forming). I'm very pleased with this product.

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ron kingston

Reviewed on
March 13, 2012

Yes, I would recommend this.

Pretty good

I first heard about this from a friend who has a service company. He told me he had good luck starting a new customer's tank compared to just letting it cycle on its own. He let me have some to cycle a small feeder tank and it seemed to work for me too. The tank still had to cycle..it was not a instant cycle...but it def worked. I can't get it locally so I will have to order online. I gave it 4 stars. If it had instantly cycled I would give it 5.

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