API Aquarium Start-Up Pack

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About This Item

  • Reduces aquarium cycle prep so fish can be added instantly.
  • Works to make tap water safe and reduces fish stress.
  • Protects fish with the healing power of aloe vera.
  • Quick Start limits the amount of toxic ammonia and nitrite in the tank to help prevent fish loss.
  • Ideal for beginners, Stress Coat and Quick Start can be used together during water changes or when adding fish.
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About API Water Conditioners

It’s Smart To Be Proactive!

The best way to keep your aquarium clean is to maintain good water quality. This will help keep your fish strong and vibrant and prevent disease. Water conditioners and test kits from API can help you keep your aquarium water safe and healthy.

How Do I Maintain a Healthy Environment?

It is important to test your aquarium water weekly to ensure it stays healthy for your fish.  In addition, a bi-weekly partial water change of no more than 25% will help reduce toxic buildup, remove debris the filter missed, and replenish the oxygen available to your fish.

Feed Twice Daily and Test Water Weekly

Feed your fish twice a day, check their water temperature, and observe them to make sure they are active. You should also test water quality weekly for optimal safety. For fish to thrive, their water must closely match that of their natural environment—poor water quality can cause stress, illness and even fish loss. The 6 important parameters for healthy aquarium water are ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH and water hardness (GH & KH). All of these can vary over time and are invisible to the eye.

Change Water and Restore the Ecosystem

In a closed aquarium environment, there are no natural rivers or streams to carry away debris and other waste materials. That is why you should replace 25% of your aquarium water every two weeks, making sure to add water conditioner to your tap water to make it safe for your fish. You should also change your filter media and clean your gravel monthly. Adding beneficial nitrifying bacteria with API Quick Start when you do will help restore your aquarium’s fragile ecosystem and avoid disruption.

What Do API Products Do and When Do I Use Them?

API Test Kits

Use test kits weekly to monitor water quality parameters, which can vary over time and impact the health of your fish.

API Stress Zyme

Using this every week will help keep your aquarium clean and your gravel and ornaments sludge-free.

API Algaefix

Use weekly to control algae growth and keep aquarium glass, ornaments and plants clean.

API Stress Coat

Use every 2 weeks during water changes to make tap water safe, and when adding fish, or when fish are injured.

About API

The team at API has a passion for fish and understands the rewards and relaxation fishkeeping can bring. For almost 60 years, they have developed premium products with a focus on proven and effective results. API offers a range of testing kits, water conditioners and nutritionally superior fish foods. They are dedicated to making a better underwater world for the benefit of fish and those who keep them.

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Top IngredientsN/AN/AN/APurified Water, Proprietary Consortium Of Nitrifying Bacteria, including various strains of Nitrosomonas and Nitrospira....N/A
Fish TypeTropical Freshwater, Betta, Goldfish...Tropical Freshwater, Betta, Cichlid...Tropical Freshwater, Betta, Cichlid...Tropical FreshwaterGoldfish
Aquarium TypeFreshwater, SaltwaterFreshwater, SaltwaterFreshwater, SaltwaterFreshwaterFreshwater, Pond

Questions & Answers

3 Customer Questions


Will this take the ammonia out?
Answer by ChewyOct 29, 2019
The API Quick Start included in this pack starts the natural aquarium cycle with beneficial bacteria. That bacteria converts toxic ammonia into harmless nitrate.

Is this safe for aquatic plants? Would I be able to put the product in and then add plants and my fish?
Answer by ChewyDec 27, 2018
This start-up pack is safe for aquatic plants. It's intended to be used when setting up an aquarium, adding or changing water, adding new fish, or when fish are injured or come down with disease.

how many gallons does it treats
Answer by ChewyOct 16, 2019
The Stress Coat bottle treats up to 60 gallons and the Quick Start bottle treats up to 30 gallons.

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By RRRR on Sep 27, 2019

Great for small tanks!

I generally prefer more a concentrated water conditioner but it is hard to get the dosage right for small tanks. Thats where API conditioner comes in - super easy to treat just 2 or 3 gallons for a water change.


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By Hankster on Apr 5, 2018

Happy fish

Happy with this purchase as it includes ammonia test as well.