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Product Review: Products for 'Rapid Cycling' of Marine Aquaria

Discussion in 'Husbandry' started by jahmic, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. jahmic

    jahmic Shark M.A.S.C Club Member

    Two products were tested under controlled conditions for their abilities to consume/convert carbon and nitrogen-based compounds (referred to as "cycling" by many hobbyists.) Results suggest that, at dosages recommended by the manufacturers, these products contain sufficient numbers of carbon-cycling bacteria to properly inoculate biochemical oxygen demand tests, and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria are present in numbers that can "seed" a sterile environment, and perhaps hasten the aerobic portion of the nitrogen cycle along by a few days when used as a supplement to conventional seeding via live rock, live sand, and hardy "starter" fishes. Potential problems with over-dosing are also discussed.

  2. Frostyfish

    Frostyfish Copepod

    Good article. Thanks

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