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Bacteria in a bottle = snake oil?

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Thought I'd start a topic to discuss this, as it gets covered often, but I don't think we've got a dedicated thread for it.  I'll start us off with this video:

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I,m using seachem stability  at the moment this helped drop my nitrates the last time I changed over tanks after struggling with them previously. My nitrates we're 40ppm and o ppm within around 4to5 weeks and never crept back up .

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Reply #2

Interesting subject, I will tag along :)

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Reply #3

Quite an interesting topic , I can certainly related to what's said in the video to previous freshwater setups I've had , previously keeping large messsy cichlids ment large water changes (50%+) with frequent white cloudy water after , if I added bacteria it cleared by the next morning if I didn't add any it could take anything beyond a week if left to clear of its own accord which I presumed would be the bacteria having to catch up .
I haven't had to use any on my marine setup as of yet . May be worth a try as the Nopox doesn't seem to be able to keep on top of all my nitrates even at maximum dose and see if adding bacteria along side the carbon source helps at all to completely reduce my nitrate level .
But also as stated in the video , a lot would depend on bacteria types in the product and temperature range the particular bottle has been through during transport to how effective what's left in the bottle would be .

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I bought some myself for my new tank, when I move onto the new house. It one of them topics that seems to spark quite a bit of disagreement on whether it works or not, but I guess time will tell.

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Reply #5

Keep us updated.

I'm leaning towards it being viable.  I've not got hard evidence, but apparently there is evidence published, but I'm too lazy to search for it  lol

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Will do, but don’t know how valuable it will be as I also have a 60l drum curing live rock,so that may effect the results.

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Yep.  I guess the way to test it is to get some water with nitrate already in it, put that in a tank with nothing else, then add the bacteria-in-a-bottle and measure the results.  There won't be any other bacteria in a new tank, so this would be the only thing that could reduce it.

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When I first started in the hobby is was a case of chucking in a piece of shrimp and a couple of chromis. When you actually think about it it is quite a barbaric method when you think the rest of the tanks life we are trying to make it as good as we can for them.


Personally I have set up a few tanks now since about 2010 with ATM colony and I wouldn't do it any other way, but its up to the individual i guess. It definitely speeds up the process.


This was my last tank below, not the best by any stretch but it was after only 4 months of being set up. Some rock was transferred from my previous tank along with some of the coral, but an additional 20kg or so was added fresh along with new water and sand. Incidentally the nem went in the first week. I'm not saying its the right way, but in my experience it does the job  :glad:

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3 weeks in from filling the tank and everything seems fine,but as I said I did have plenty of live rock from old tank. I also had a drum curing around 40kg for nearly 4 months

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