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Old 05-30-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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Beneficial Bacteria

I always here the bottles of beneficial bacteria are useless. But my question would be, is there really living bacteria in them? Lastly, if there is, think it would excelerate a cycle? Cycle is fishless. I am patient, but I do have a bottle of this stuff from a friend. I am in the nitrite phase of my fishless cycle.
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Old 05-31-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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On the shelf in most LFS I'd say not likely. But we recently set up a new tank with dry aragonite sand/gravel and some dry rock. I wanted to try out Dr. Tim's Live Nitrifying Bacteria having heard good things about it. All I can say is, it works. We dosed with ammonia the first day and it was gone in hours. No nitrites ever measured. Fish in for over a week now and still never measured any ammo or nitrite. I'm convinced. http://www.drtimsaquatics.com

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Old 05-31-2012, 12:48 AM   #3
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This where I'm at now. It's been three weeks at this without a budge. Again, I know it takes time. I did a raw shrimp cycle. I look into that stuff. Otherwise, I'll just wait it out like I probably should. Ammonia was green for a few weeks as well.
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Do you have any live rock?
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:08 AM   #5
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Who said it was useless? If not expired, they are wonderful products. I've completed a cycle in under a week.
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:15 AM   #6
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I have all my live rock in the refuge right now. It's this stuff. Has a date of 10/1016. I'm afraid of BB die off (possible?) and ammonia stage comes back. Lol
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I've never used API Stresszyme, personally. I've used Cycle and Bio-Spira. Both are great.
But no, adding this won't kill your existing bacterial colony.
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Well, I figure there isn't any fish going in it for a little while because I need to order out for them. I double dosed BB in a B. I will test everyday for a week and see if it actually dose as advertised.
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