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genewitch 08-09-2012 02:12 PM

Seed sponge filters - for sale?
I have a well established sand bottom 65 gallon tank with 2 canisters, but i also use a sponge filter to have a seed filter for my quarantine tanks.

If anyone is interested in the greater LA/OC/IE area of California, i could probably prepare and sell 1-2 of these a month for establishing new tanks in a shorter amount of time, especially ones smaller than 15 gallons.

I'm surprised that no fish stores do this, actually, they have giant towers filled with biological filtration that they could just rotate out, it would take like a year to go through every ball in there!

Hmm. Let me know if this is a silly idea. :-D

AbbeysDad 08-12-2012 12:53 PM

A good idea, but too late I think. With so many reputable bacteria in a bottle products these days (such as...Tetra SafeStart, Seachem Stability, API QuickStart, Dr. Tim's one and only) it's easy to bio-seed a new tank.

I just came across a (fairly new?) company claiming that their bio-seed 'recipe' of 20+ species of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria establishes a bio-filter in a tank so efficient that they dare claim "No Water Change, 1 Year Guarantee'.
I'll admit it sounds too good to be true, but who knows.

genewitch 08-12-2012 03:16 PM

I've heard various things about the stuff in a bottle, mostly wondering how the bacteria stay alive inside of it.

I wonder how long you have to wait to add fish to fresh water using any of the bottled bacteria?

AbbeysDad 08-12-2012 08:14 PM

Lots of folks are confused about the bottled products when it comes to how the bacteria stay alive. Most strains of bacteria are very resilient. They go into a form of a stasis like suspended animation. Once introduced to a hospitable environment, they spring to life, feed and colonies form. Now there can be exceptions. If/when the bottled products are exposed to severe extremes in temperature, the cultures can be ruined. This may happen if/when there are poor shipping or warehouse conditions.

Some products suggest that you can add fish right away, but recommend only a small number at first. It takes awhile to develop colony(ies) large enough to support many fish. And remember, the bacteria need nitrogenous waste in order to thrive, reproduce and form a colony and the best way is with some fish. Oh I suppose you could add a pinch of fish food daily or use some pure ammonia....but if you can add a couple of fish with a bottled bacteria product, why not?

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