Originally Posted by mr_X
There's no sarcastic tone, but I want anyone reading to realize that just because you add a rock (or even a couple small rocks) from an established tank doesn't necessarily mean you will have a shorter cycle. Actually, the bottled bacteria states it will do exactly that, so it may have had absolutely nothing to do with the rock.
As for being in the hobby for decades..
I'm willing to bet you use absolutely nothing you learned 20 years ago.
Well the biology at play hasn't changed much in at least a few billion years, so I fear you are way off base on that assumption.
The only thing that has changed is the methodologies/equipment employed, but it is still the same basic principles involved, always has been always will be.
But why do you seem determined to "poo-poo" what I did or my advice regarding it?
You do realize that seeding a new tank/filter with material from an established tank is THE BIT OF ADVICE THAT IS MOST OFTEN OFFERED IN THESE FORUMS?
Should I just assume you have taken a dislike to me personally and will automatically adopt a contrary position to anything I post, because that is exactly what you have been doing, even to the point of contradicting yourself.
The advice I offer is always sound and based on tried and true principles.
It may not be the way you
do it, but it is always good, sound advice based on firm science and years of experience.