11-15-2009, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by stephanieleah
If you add the bacteria before there is sufficient ammonia to "feed" it, will the bacteria die off? Is it reasonable to wait a day or two after adding the fish? Or add it over a period of time?
The bacteria must be in the tank if there are fish in the tank; ammonia is produced quickly as the fish respirate (plus from other sources like fish waste, decaying food, etc) so you can't wait. This is why in a new tank with only water and fish the fish start suffering; the bacteria takes time.
At the same time, adding bacteria with no source of ammonia will result in the bacteria dying off, I understand within hours. I have always used Stability when I put in the first fish, together.
Also remember there is a life span to the bottled bacteria; check the manufacturer for which ever product you choose. Some is frozen, some refrigerated, one has a 6-month shelf life, etc.