09-02-2006, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by crazie.eddie
Most of those bacteria starters you mentioned, such as cycle, DO WORK, but the only problem is, the bacteria found in them IS NOT the same bacteria found in an established tank. Therefore, the only way to make keep the bacteria colony established is to continously add the bacteria, which can get expensive.
Bio-Spira is supposed to contain benificial bacteria found in natural tanks and many breeders, especially discus keepers swear by them. I'm a factual person, so I like to see scientific studies on Bio-Spira to see if this is true or not.
Ask and you shall recieve. Here is a link to the research findings of Dr. Timothy Hovanec, Chief Science Officer of Marineland Labs. http://www.marineland.com/science/nspira.asp
The articles are spread throughout a few different pages so you will need to follow the links around for different information. Additionally, Bio-Spira has a shelf life/expiration date and requires refridgeration. The bacteria are packaged/stored in a dormant state and require very little to survive. How things survive in a dormant state for several months? I have no clue, but they do. Just look at the African Lungfish, which creates a mud shell encasing itself where it will survive for several months in a bone dry riverbed until the rainy season returns.