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Starter Kit


Can be used to start your saltwater and reef aquarium quickly and effectively with all sorts of rock, e.g. living, natural, inert or artificial.

Removes the usual drawbacks of endless cyanobacteria and invasive algae growth that ends up discouraging fish-keepers.

The daphbio start-up kit ensures a smooth start-up with no complications. 

Download the usage protocol here.

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Daphbio® start-up kit: ensures a swift start-up with no complications 

Daphbio® has been the leader in saltwater and reef aquarium start-up kits for more than 11 years! Thanks to the live bacteria and micro-organisms in the product, your reef, marine or saltwater aquarium start-up will be quick and effective. You will be able to populate your aquarium from the fourth week, while avoiding the usual drawbacks seen in starting aquariums, e.g. growth of macro-algae, filamentous algae and cyanobacteria, which are hard to eliminate once they are in a tank.

The daphbio® start-up kit is a considerable advance in the field of reef and saltwater aquarium keeping. Daphbio® delivers a start-up lasting 4-5 weeks, when your aquarium can then be gradually populated, whereas start-up previously used to take from 6 to 8 months. In addition, the products are effective on dead, live, inert or artificial rocks to completely adapt to your aquarium.

Once the process starts, our freshly-harvested live bacteria will take their due place in your aquarium system (living or dead rocks, sand, settling tank, refugium, algae filter and reactors) and perform their function. The diverse microfauna and phytoplankton will also take their due place in the aquarium. All of our products will therefore contribute to the long-term viability of your piece of reef.

The start-up kit can also be used for aquarium reset and transfer operations.

 Composition of the daphbio® start-up kit

The saltwater aquarium start-up kit comprises 3 bottles holding 250 ml, 500 ml or 1 litre:

  • Microfauna and meiofauna eggs (seeded microfauna)
  • Microfauna Booster® (phytoplankton, enzymes and bacterioplankton)
  • Bactoreef® (live aerobic and anaerobic seawater bacteria)

These products recreate the food chain essential to life in saltwater aquariums. The start-up kit offers a coherent whole, including live bacteria specifically intended for starting aquariums with Bactoreef®, diversified benthic microfauna, and phytoplankton with Microfauna Booster®.

Choosing the right size

- For an aquarium of 30 to 100 litres, use the 250-ml size start-up kit.

- For an aquarium of 100 to 500 litres, use the 500-ml size start-up kit.

- An aquarium of 500 to 1,000 litres in size needs two 500-ml start-up kits (the kits come in litre bottles).

For larger aquariums, we recommend that you contact us directly on +33 (0)4 22 44 22 71 so you can take delivery of 1-litre bottles.

Instructions for use and recommendations 

The start-up process instructions are found at the foot of the page. Please read our blog for advice on using the product for aquarium start-up. Shake before use.

 Important: Some synthetic stones contain silicates and heavy metals that can cause problems during the start-up phase. We recommend MarcoRocks stones because they are healthy and certified as harmless.

If you use synthetic stone, keep the aquarium lights off for 3 weeks, and add an extra 30% to the product dosage because they are watertight.

Once the start-up protocol is complete Daphbio strongly recommends 1 litre of Meiofaune Microfauna to stabilise the microfauna in your reef aquarium. 


Keep products in the refrigerator upon delivery, except for Bactoreef® which is stored at room temperature.

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Based on 31 reviews

  • 5

    Very good, the introduced bin dwellers are looking good (Translated review)

  • 5

    Very good (Translated review)

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  • 5

    In the context of a start-up of a ferry, everything is going well, RAS (Translated review)

  • 5

    Nickel (Translated review)

  • 5

    Very good (Translated review)

  • 5

    This is the first time I have used DaphBio for startup, I was already using the products for maintenance with always very good results. This kit keeps its promises and everything is going as described with their macrorock as support (Translated review)

  • 5

    Nothing to complain about (Translated review)

  • 5

    Sounds great. Let's wait for the results (Translated review)

  • 5

    Well suited for my 125l. order received quickly and protocol very clear to follow. Perfect (Translated review)

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