Substrate Enrichment + Starter Bacteria. All-in-one booster for new tanks. Enhances substrate richness and accelerates readiness for planting and livestock introduction.
1 Pouch (45g) per 60x30cm / 24"x12" area.
APT START provides the essential all-in-one upgrade for every new tank- substrate enrichment (a performance boost for 90% of aquasoils) and a potent concoction of starter bacteria to jump start tank cycling.
Solid inorganic macronutrient fertiliser with beneficial bacteria NPK mineral fertiliser with micro-nutrients 8.8-0-0.5
8.8% Total Nitrogen (N) -1.8% Nitric nitrogen -7% ammoniacal nitrogen 0.6% Potassium oxide (K2O) 4.5% Calcium oxide (CaO) 1.5% Magnesium oxide (MgO) 0.01% Total Iron chelated by EDTA Macro and micronutrients are completely water soluble
Ingredients: Clay, Calcium sulfate (CMC1 CAS n°7778-18-9), ammonium sulfate (CMC1 CAS n°7783-20-2), Potassium sulphate (CMC1 CAS n°7778-80-5), Magnesium sulphate (CMC1 CAS n°7487-88-9), Magnesium nitrate (CMC1 CAS n°10377-60-3)
Powerful substrate performance booster for new tanks. Accelerates tank cycling.
Open the pouch and remove the Blue Sachet inside.
Spread contents of the main pouch evenly at bottom. Add substrate and hardscape on top.
Fill tank with water. Tear open blue sachet (it contains dormant bacteria) and pour contents into water.
Can I use APT START with an inert substrate (sand, gravel etc.) ?
Yes you can. APT START will enrich inert substrate. However it does not make an inert substrate equivalent in performance to aquasoil.
What is inside APT START?
APT START contains a rich blend of essential macro and micro nutrients, organic humus and enzymes that enhance bacteria and microbial activity. It improves the cation exchange capacity of substrate and nutrient availability to plant root zones.
What is in the Blue Sachet?
The blue sachet included in APT Start contains a concoction of beneficial bacteria strains in a dormant state that activate when wet.
If I use APT START, when do I use APT JAZZ?
You can add APT Jazz after ~ 3 months.
APT Start enriches the substrate with ammoniacal nitrogen and a wide spectrum of essential nutrients and trace elements based on APT's Capstone formula. These nutrients are naturally consumed after ~ 3 months.
With APT START, can I still add other solid or bacteria products?
Yes. However please note that bacterial interactions are complex and 'more' does not necessarily lead to faster or more complete cycling.
For a smaller tank, should I use part of the pouch?
Each APT START pouch caters to ~60x30cm area ( size of a 2 foot tank). If your tank is smaller, you can use the substrate contents proportionately. However, the blue sachet should be used all at once.
How much substrate should be on top?
We recommend at least 1.5" (~ 4cm) of substrate.
Can I add fish immediately?
Adding fish immediately to an uncycled tank is never advisable. You can add APT Pure as an instantaneous tool to make water safe for fish as it detoxifies Ammonia, nitrites and any heavy metals in tap water. However we recommend adding fish only after the tank has been properly cycled.
Use within 1 year of opening.
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