10-04-2012, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by sassy101
Wow great post!
Ok now using this knowledge why don't you make a product that instantly cycles an aquarium or in less than 2 days anyway.
Would that even be possible?
Establishment of the nitrifying bacteria takes anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks under normal conditions. As i noted in the article, various factors can affect this. And no two aquaria will ever be identical due to natural biology.
Dr. Tim Hovanek who is referenced in the article has carried out very extensive work in this area. And he is now advocating a product he calls "Dr. Tim's One and Only" which is a bacterial supplement. He claims it will cycle instantly. I certainly do not question his knowledge and expertise, given that he led the team that discovered the true bacteria species and certainly developed the initial bacteria supplement products that do work to quicken the cycle, comparable to seeding the tank. Whether or not this new product does what he claims, I've no idea.