05-27-2013, 07:03 PM
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Being new here, and this being my first "reply", I hope you'll forgive the intrusion, but since I have been working with microbes as a way to cleanse water and soil for 5+ years and have tried many bacterial base solutions (including my own), i thought i would give my two cents.
Aquabella is one of the products I have tried and put through the test in various situations (overstocked, high phosphate content, over/under feeding, ...), there is one thing that puzzles me through this day and i have not been able to replicate no matter what i try. They achieve a high level of performance as long as a selected group of bacteria (not just the nitrogen and phosphate eating bacteria) are present. Their seems to be a mutualistic relationship that is only found in nature, and even there, not always. If i look at other "interesting" solutions like Algone, Dr. Tim's ..., there is a constant need to regenerate the CFU.
In one of my test tank, i was able to keep what they say they do for 7 months. I stop the experiment there, because nothing bad was happening, but the usual algae growth on the live rock and live sand, although at a much slower rate than normal although i was overfeeding, and nothing that a mexican turbo snail could not take care of.