Originally Posted by Burninator
I thought for the most part people in this forum were against these products because all you were adding was dead matter or basically an ammonia source. Dont take this as fact but i thought the general consus was that these products have the opportunity to do more bad then good to your tank.
I haven't had this come up before, and I've posted comments in several threads where beginners were losing fish because they didn't first cycle the tank. For 12+ years I have cycled tanks of 33g, 70g, 90g and 115g with fish and used Cycle and never lost a fish nor had any problems that could be attributed to Cycle. Besides, Cycle is not dead matter nor ammonia, it is living bacteria that immediately jumpstarts the bacteria colonization if there is ammonia present, which there is if there is a fish in the tank. Without something like Cycle (there are other brands) fish are swimming in ammonia until the bacteria get colonized to handle it, and while one small fish in a 50g tank will not have too much of a problem, the more fish there are and the smaller the water volume, the more ammonia and the longer for the nitrosomonas and nitrobacter bacteria to establish in sufficient quantity to consume the ammonia and nitrite, which equals much greater stress on the fish that weakens it and can often result in death.