Originally Posted by Sniperhank
Curing will be really easy, just throw in a cocktail shrimp and let nature take its course. You don't need to use 'seeded' material from another tank or to spend money on bottled bacteria that hasn't been proven to work by anyone but who makes the stuff. People will swear by both processes, but they are both unneeded. Everything goes well in this hobby when patience is demonstrated, and using this or that to speed things along usually ends up with something happening that is most likely to frustrate us.
Hmmm, but it has been demonstrated time and again that introducing seeded rock, sand, whatever greatly speeds up the process and essentially changes the procedure from "cycling" the rock to simply "seeding" it with the desired bacteria.
When you introduce material already populated with the different types of bacteria needed, then you do not have to wait for each type to "make an appearance" as they are all there, doing what they do already and the only thing is getting them to populate the new rock, correct?
If a person has a healthy established tank or access to material from such a tank, why shouldn't they, besides getting a lesson in patience?
I also have begun to really wonder about the different fish-less cycling methods such as dead shrimp or bottled ammonia.
The biggest problem is the fish do not excrete pure ammonia nor do we routinely leave critters to rot in the tank, so neither methodology actually replicates what is going on in an established aquarium, but that's a topic for another thread.
But seriously Sniper, why would you say seeding it doesn't make any difference when you know full well it does, and that is probably one of the most often relayed bits of advice concerning cycling a system on these forums.
do you personally feel my advice was wrong?
if so please elaborate.