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Fishless cycling or Pure bacteria balls #1
I went to my local aquatic centre to make some enquires before I start my tank set up.

I was talking to them about starting the cycling with some ammonia, and they were very surprised that people still recommend this way of doing it; and suggested the Pure bacteria balls.

Are the bacteria balls safe and thorough? It certainly seems a much easier process than the cycling - and reduces user error, but obviously I will do whatever is the best option.
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  • Posted on: 15/10/2019 16:11
Re: Fishless cycling or Pure bacteria balls #2
The products which claim to curtail the cycling process do not (yet) have great evidence for effectiveness - a couple of them may have the correct nitrifying bacteria and thus are more likely to work than others but only if the correct procedure/instructions have been followed during the process from manufacture to use, which of course cannot be ascertained. In rare cases, they may work; in most cases, they'll make no difference, be a waste of money, and potentially cause confusion about where in the cycling process you are (and may thereby even prolong the cycling process).

Those in local aquatic/fish shops are trained to sell such products, as well as a whole host of other products to counteract the effects of incomplete cycles or ammonia/nitrite presence and high nitrates, medications for sick fish, and new stock to replace those which succumb.

The fishless cycling method using ammonia is the 'tried and tested' method proven to work, and, as yet, no product has been identified to compare to its effectiveness.
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Re: Fishless cycling or Pure bacteria balls #3
Thanks, that's helpful. I did wonder if it was a sales ploy - but then the balls are cheaper than the ammonia and testing stuff!! But I will stick to that method.
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  • Posted on: 15/10/2019 19:59
Re: Fishless cycling or Pure bacteria balls #4
You will need the testing kit in the long term regardless of your method of cycling to keep an eye on levels once you have fish.