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Fishcricker 03-07-2008 03:47 PM

Will Carbon and Nitri-Zorb kill my Bacteria???
:? :?: I am in the process of Cycling my 55 gal.(end of 2nd week). After the cycle is finished, and I decide to sometime down the road start using Carbon and or Nitra-Zorb in my Rena Filstar xP3, Will using those kill off or harm the good bacteria???? Therefore undoing the "Great Wait" to get the cycle started in the first place. If so I wonder why companies manufacture all of these items for use in filters??

After having Aquariums off and on as life would allow, I have taken the "learn everything I can approach" to try to do things the correct way. Are these filter items just a waste of money? Some of the products available state that they help prevent "the new tank syndrome". If they do this , then how are the bacteria colonies ever even established?

Flashygrrl 03-07-2008 07:15 PM

Carbon doesn't really harm the good bacteria but is does take stuff out of the water, screws with the ammonia amount and can promote some algae growth (I think there's a topic about it in the freshwater plants forum). However a canister like yours should be able to hold Bio-Stars that grow the good bacteria on them, and if there are sponges and stuff in there those also serve as the biological filter. It's important to never rinse them in regular tap water that hasn't been dechlorinated however since that will kill the good stuff.

Fishcricker 03-08-2008 06:39 PM

:lol: I know that Kill is an overstatement. :oops: I just think that some of the things that are being sold, even though they are great at removing harmful things out of the water, can have the ability to give some folks out there a false sense of security if the correct homework is not done and water is not tested regularly.

Flashygrrl 03-09-2008 12:54 AM

Sooooo true...

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