Originally Posted by Flower http:///t/391491/i-just-saw-a-product-made-by-atm-the-company-from-the-show-tanked-on-animal-planet-its-called-atm-colony-anyone-try-it-yet#post_3477360
I use the bacteria from Aquaripure. They sell a bottle for the filter, it's potent stuff, I dump it in a tank to get things started along with a chunk of shrimp or pure ammonia...
Nothing can really take the place of a good bacteria soaked sponge from the sump/tank to get a hospital or quarantine tank started.
Originally Posted by jasonelmore12 http:///t/391491/i-just-saw-a-product-made-by-atm-the-company-from-the-show-tanked-on-animal-planet-its-called-atm-colony-anyone-try-it-yet#post_3477356
Not true. Many things work instantly out of the bottle. Instant is a relative term. Dechlorinators work on contact, which is instant. Agent Green, the phosphate remover, works instantly on contact. So that is instant out of a bottle. But how do we define "instant"? Does instant mean "blink of an eye"? Or is that even too slow? It is for a house fly.
Colony works in about a week, and compared to six weeks that is instant, relatively speaking.
With nitrifying bacteria the only "wait" involved is waiting for them to divide and form a sizable colony. That's it. That's all the hoopla is about with "the wait". So, if you pour the entire colony in at the beginning what exactly are you waiting for? Can anyone tell me? There's nothing to wait for!
Hi and welcome to the site....the bacteria still needs something to feed on to multiply. Bacteria only grows proportionate to the bioload
, that's why we can only add a few fish at once. It gives the bacteria time to adjust and multiply according to how much waste the new critter adds. So the WAIT is to let the bacteria colonies grow and attach to the rock and sand (and anything else they can cling to) so that when you put the critter into the tank there is enough good guys to eat up the waste, so the critter isn't swimming in it's own ammonia.
The bottles instructions say add a little at a time because if there is not enough ammonia for the colony to feed on they die off and that means you wasted the product. A chunk of raw shrimp or pure ammonia takes care of that delay and provides plenty of waste for them to feed on.
Ehhh its kind of like that. There is no reason to have a multiple dose regimine for nitrifying bacteria. Its just not done that way in the field, but then again products that suggest that aren't used in the field either. I work with bugs in waste water and aquaculture (have for years).
There's no point in even putting nitrifying bacteria in if you are going to pretend like you still can't put fish in. They have to be there to create a consistent ammonia stream. Where that stream is is where they will settle comfortably. In an aquarium they will go to carbon first where all the water flows (they know). They won't just spread out and get in the gravel and sand. Sand is the worst place for them because it is compacted and only provides an aerobic environment on the very tip of the surface. They can't function in an anaerobic environment. So, sand is out. They won't be in mud. You'll find heterotroph bacteria there in abundance, not as much autotroph. This is why bio balls, coral skeletons, and carbon make the best media because they are porous and open with good rough surface area (unlike sand).
In closing, it takes about two weeks for nitrifying bacteria to lose their power from starvation. So, in that two weeks is more than ample time to establish ammonia flow, attachment, and conversion with the first dose of bacteria.
It really is much easier than everyone tries to make it.