Has anyone here ever used purchased live bacteria to cycle a tank?

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rydys

New Member
#1
Has anyone here ever used purchased live bacteria to cycle a tank?

I'm looking into it for the sake of speeding up my cycle. Any thoughts?
 

rydys

New Member
#3
In what way will it help? Will it just turn the reef rock into live rock faster but not actually cycle the tank faster?
 

lmforbis

Administrator
Staff member
#4
If you have only dry rock it seeds the tank otherwise there isn’t any bacteria to colonize the rock. The down side is there is minimal diversity in the bacteria. A couple pieces of live rock will give you more diversity. Yes it will turn your dead rock into live rock. Nothing should ever be done just to make it faster in saltwater. It always backfires. I use liquid bacteria in my quarantine tank. I don’t keep it set up all the time only when I’m getting new fish. I soak my sponge filters in the liquid bacteria for a few hours before I set the tank up.
 

rydys

New Member
#5
You just made me very happy. I was under the impression that I had to keep a quarantine tank up and running full time.

Thank you for all of your great advice.
 

beaslbob

Well-Known Member
#6
If you start the tank with lotsa macro algaes it is normal to have no ammonia nor nitrItes spikes. Because the macros will consume ammonia preventing those spikes.

my .02
 

beaslbob

Well-Known Member
#8
And slowing down the colonization of the bacteria because they consume the ammonia the bacteria needs.
Absolutely correct!!!!!!!!!

yet no adverse affects. No ammonia, no co2 build up etc,etc,etc. So fish thrive.

Meanwhile the bacteria does build up even if slower.

Just you don't have the ammonia->nitrite-> nitrate spikes is all.


Still that's my .02
 
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