Natural Bacteria Colony Vs Bought Bacteria Bottles At Store

Discussion in 'Water Conditioners, Additives and Supplements' started by Danny Wang, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. D

    Danny Wang New Member Member

    What’s the difference? Other than money involved. Is there any pro and con of fastening the cycle with the bottle that is buyable at the pet store?
  2. DoubleDutch

    DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Most bottled bacteria are different species (heterotrophic bacteria) that will only buy time for the natural ones (autotrophic bacteria) to colonize your filter.
  3. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Some bottled bacteria do help though, and really the only difference between using these and cycling your tank without them is the length of time it takes.
  4. Ellaphant

    Ellaphant New Member Member

    Personally, I love Seachem's Stability. It has established both of my 60g and 20g fairly quickly. And I have heard that Stability has hardy bacteria so they do not die off as easily as others. I have tried ATM Colony, never worked for me. Tried it twice, was a waste of money.

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