Originally Posted by BucJason
Most of those "bacteria in a bottle" products don't work in my expierence. Biology 101 could tell you that Bacteria can't survive in a bottle indefinitely with nothing to eat. Anything that ever was in there is probably dead by the time you purchase it.
Avoid the shortcuts, I say. What is 2 more weeks in the grand scheme of things...
You're right about one thing, the "bacteria in a bottle" products typically don't work. SuperBac is an exception because it is autotrophs (nitrifiers), not heterotrophs slipped to you as nitrifiers. Before you can formulate an opinion about "bacteria in a bottle" products, first use the real thing. I understand you have a purist attitude and that's fine. But scooping salt from a bucket, importing fish, putting in bagged sand, dropping in factory produced pellets, and replicating sunlight with bulbs is far from "pure" so let's quit kidding ourselves.
After using this stuff for a good while, SuperBac is the superior way to establish biofiltration over the slow way for a few reasons:
1.) It's the same bacteria you are waiting a month to grow. This is an indisputable fact.
2.) You start out with the entire colony instead of 2 cells. How is starting with 2 cells better? It isn't.
3.) You know where your water quality stands immediately (my favorite part)......
See, since these are the same nitrifiers they have the same laws. To pretend like everyone has a flawless slow cycle is ludicrous. If your alkalinity is too low for nitrifiers to establish, waiting 4 weeks to find that out is a bummer, if you find that out at all. Planted aquariums sometimes get a low pH. You find out within days if it's too low for nitfirfication instead of 4 weeks. This is just scratching the surface. This product tells you much about your aquarium really soon.
Remember, the more time that passes the more time there is for problems to occur. Especially for new hobbyists.
This product is the greatest tool for cycling I have ever, ever seen.