Tetra Cleaning Bacteria

Discussion in 'Cleaning and Maintenance' started by michaelh, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. michaelh Valued Member Member

    Hello everyone!
    I came across I newish product from tetra, its called cleaning bacteria. The idea makes very much sense to me. Anyone tryed this out? Any review, pros and cons?

  2. Rainbows and Fishes Valued Member Member

    Cons, this is a fast reproducing heterotrophic bacteria that can colonize the surface area in your aquarium and reduce the area for your nitrifying bacteria.
  3. michaelh Valued Member Member

    Did you try it out?
  4. Rainbows and Fishes Valued Member Member

    Actually no, I’ll admit that ive just avoided the product due to bad reviews that ive heard about adding heterotrophic bacteria. I’d be curious as well to see if people have seen a rise in Ammonia after adding them.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2018
  5. DoubleDutch Fishlore Legend Member

    Most of these product indeed contain heterotrophic bacteria that munch temporarily on ammonia and nitrites like the autotrophic bacteria do for a living.

    They can be used to buy time to get the real ones to cycle the tank amd they can be used in case of a minicycle etc etc.

    They won't clean as one would hope for.
  6. michaelh Valued Member Member

    Thanks for all your replies. I actually tried it out and I must say I am very satisfied with results. Thanks again for your input!