Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

OK, well, good for them, it's their tanks, & they can do whatever works for them......but I already have tube cleaners & a Python, & I'm not afraid to use them. ;) Whatever they use still isn't cheaper or more effective than a can of elbow grease & frequent WC's, which I find far more effective than any additive. B)

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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Darth Nandopsis wrote: Sorry I'm late to the party on this....having WIFI issues @ home....Comcast sucks... :pinch:

This is my thoughts on these products for use in home aquaria....step up your tank maintenance & there won't be sludge. I don't have any in my tanks, but, then again, I'm a WC nut ;) ....I also don't know how comfortable I would be putting these substances in my aquariums...I do know that "sludge removers" are like those "bacteria-in-a-bottle" products, just another gimmick designed to get money out of your pocket. :pinch:


Unfortunately, there are no regulation of those products, hence why there are unreliable.

In fact, cultures taken from those bottles have some contamination.

www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/W08-015?journalCode=cjm
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Darth Nandopsis wrote: OK, well, good for them, it's their tanks, & they can do whatever works for them......but I already have tube cleaners & a Python, & I'm not afraid to use them. ;) Whatever they use still isn't cheaper or more effective than a can of elbow grease & frequent WC's, which I find far more effective than any additive. B)


$1 a month is pretty cheap, and with big 150g+ tanks, 75% water change everyday gets more expensive over the course of the month.

Not saying to change what you do, but there are other benefits besides reducing sludge.
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JasonR replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

I can def see the benefits of this when running big or multiple big systems for sure. I'm running 650 gallons worth of tanks so I won't be changing water daily that's for sure. If something like this is safe and keeps my tanks healthier overall with my regular maintenance than why not
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Darth Nandopsis replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

Just MPO fellas.....I am not a fan of adding anything to the water column if I don't have to. And I am running a bunch of smaller tanks, the biggest being 75GL right now.....

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WATER CHANGES ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF THIS HOBBY. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE SO OR SIMPLY DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THEM, RE-HOME YOUR FISH, SELL YOUR AQUARIUM & FIND ANOTHER HOBBY, AS YOU WILL FAIL UTTERLY, COMPLETELY, & MISERABLY.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

Just to be clear, I'm not telling folks that you can reduce water changes by using this product. It is a supplement to current fishkeeping husbandry.

RD. who is a proponent of this, understocks his aquarium, feeds his fish much less than the average fishkeeping person, and uses plants like golden porthos in his aquarium's filtration.
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JasonR replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

Yeah and that is exactly how I would use it, just as a supplement to my current maintenance regime
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After about 1 month of using powder earthworm septic waste treatment (works just like the powder form or Rid-x), I have noticed a reduction of sludge within the tubes of my canister filters by at least one third. Typically, the green tubes are a light brown color continuously. Now the the sludge is broken up into spots about the size of a quarter. I don't ever clean those tubes since its a pain to remove.

Dosing: old tank water (or tap water treated with water conditioner) in a pitcher with 1 tablespoon per 60 gallons (1 teaspoon per 20 gallons) of powder septic treatment. Stir every hour, and pour into tank after 4-6 hours. Don't pour the solid matter into the tank. Just the water with the bacteria.
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Firestorm8215 replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

Would there've any benefits of using it if you only run HOBs ? No changes in your fish ?
I would like to give it a go in my 40G , but I am still not convinced that something that goes into a septic tank won't have an affect on my fish...
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gorgoroth replied the topic: Discussion on Using Probiotics for a Cleaner Aquarium

this would be great for my goldfish tank as those really are heavy polluters and my HOB needs to be cleaned every 3 days (fluval C4) i know this is because of the finer sponge running dirty when one of the fish decides to poo.

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