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saw this in the pet store today while i was looking for a sweater for my little pot bellied pig (i know, i know, don't ask)...

AquaBella - Bio-Enzyme Water Treatment and Purification

if it isn't allowed to post links like that ^, please whip me with a wet noodle, delete it and make me promise to never do it again. :)

is this a case of "if it sounds too good to be true....." (i mean the water treatment thing, not the wet noodle thing). :-D
 

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saw this in the pet store today while i was looking for a sweater for my little pot bellied pig (i know, i know, don't ask)...

AquaBella - Bio-Enzyme Water Treatment and Purification

if it isn't allowed to post links like that ^, please whip me with a wet noodle, delete it and make me promise to never do it again. :)

is this a case of "if it sounds too good to be true....." (i mean the water treatment thing, not the wet noodle thing). :-D

Looking at the link and literature looks like it reduces phosphates to keep the water clear.

Sound like nothing that can't be done with plant life and much less cost and for more stability.

But that's just my .02
 

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My girlfriend is looking to use it in our aquarium, we have been curing 150 lbs of live rock for about three weeks now and the nitrites are holding fast at 1 ppm and nitrates at 5 ppm. Since this says it is just the bacteria we are trying to culture, we figure this should be a boost to what is already there, and will cut the cycling time.

I'll write up what happens when we have results.
 

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it didn't work for me. i called aquabella about getting a refund since they guarantee this stuff. the guy asked me if i still had the box (which i did) and then asked me to look at the expiration date. turns out that when i bought it, it was already 9 months past that date. duh! it never occurred to me to look at the expiration date. i got a refund from the store.

i'll be interested to hear your outcome if you use it.
 

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it didn't work for me. i called aquabella about getting a refund since they guarantee this stuff. the guy asked me if i still had the box (which i did) and then asked me to look at the expiration date. turns out that when i bought it, it was already 9 months past that date. duh! it never occurred to me to look at the expiration date. i got a refund from the store.

i'll be interested to hear your outcome if you use it.
Wow. Thanks for the heads up. We are using a discount card for a chainstore that is due to expire, and it is quite possible they won't have rotated the stock. Something to watch out for.
 

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funny thing is, when i looked at the box and told the guy that indeed, it was expired when i bought it, he said "let me guess, you got it at Pet Supplies Plus? i said yes. he told me they had been having a LOT of trouble with PSP not rotating their stock. taught me a valuable lesson!
 

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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.
 

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not an intrusion at all and welcome to the board!

much of what you say is pretty technical stuff, at least for me, but i'm sure the more experienced folks here will appreciate your input. i guess i was maybe expecting too much from this product...no water changes for a whole year? yeah, i think that's just too good to be true! :D
 

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Thank you, very kind of you. What I was trying to say is that I stopped my experiment because it worked, and nothing else was happening. I mean I could overfeed, increase the number of fish ... and in a bacterial world, 6 months is the limit of things you want to test. Once they (the bacteria) have established a good balance, only man made activity (such as adding chlorine, leaving the light on for 24 hrs ...) can unbalance their colonies.
In your case, there might have been other parameters that came in to play, the product might have been too old ...
If there is one thing i know bacteria can do better than anything I have looked at thus far, is their cleansing ability.
 

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hmm, interesting! i did discover that the product was almost 1 year past the expiration date and that is most likely why i did not get the good results.
 
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