Posted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:10 pm Post subject: Re: The Building of a Reef (tank) - By Eric Borneman
This was definitely a good article. I am also in the process of starting the marine tank which is under cycling process & I will try to follow the procedure mention by Eric.
But one thing I was not able to understand is about using Bacteria culture to quicker the cycling time. What author wants to say from below sentence?
Anyone with a passing knowledge of microbiology would realize that for a product to contain live bacteria in a medium that sustains it would quickly turn into a nearly solid mass of bacteria, and if the medium is such that it keeps them inactive, then the amount of bacteria in a bottle is like adding a grain of salt to the ocean compared to what is going to happen quickly in a tank with live rock in it.
Is he saying that Bacteria cultures are useless?
There are people who are using them with good results (This is what they claim). Is it worth to invest in the starter culture or let the tank mature naturally.
Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:19 am Post subject: Re: The Building of a Reef (tank) - By Eric Borneman
Yes,the author pretty much says there are much better ways of starting off your cycle than bacteria in a bottle.
IMO,your live rock will provide all the required bacterial cultures for your tank... If you are going for a fish only,you could start off your bacteria colony by transferring some filter media or gravel from another mature disease free system.
The stuff that you get in bottles most probably contains a few spores and a lot of nutrients. It's your choice whether you want to try it or stick to the alternatives discussed above!
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