hypersushi wrote:OK ok... I hope the topic of bacteria booster is related to cloudy water so here goes. Nasir, I did PM you about ADA Bacter Ball but didn't get a reply. I basically want to know what exactly is it and how does one apply this product. I am aerating my tank at night, my Eheim 2028 is using the standard filter medias (biological and mechanical) supplied and I put a few sticks of BioHome. Maybe I should remove some Eheim balls and put in more BioHome I am guessing? And dump in a bacter ball into the cannister filter?
Yes, you did PM me, I think, although I am not sure if you asked about ADA Bacter Ball specifically, but I answered half of your PM that day, and unable to continue further due to an urgent matter to attend to, LOL, later forgotten to continue, sorry about that. But I think it is better to discuss it out in the open, so that others can give some input too, don't you think?
When I said, bacteria booster, I would not say Bacter Ball in particular. Long before that 'balls' came into the picture, there are a lot of other bacteria booster, two or more that works wonders too. But people willing to pay for conveniences.
No matter how well a specific bacteria booster works, you cannot simply throw it into the tank, and hope for the best, IMO. For me, using a bacteria booster, is just to speed up things, and when only the tank conditions are not good or deteriorating, like getting a cloudy water, after cleaning the filter (too clean!, LOL), dead fishes, after major rescaping exercise or after the tank has been treated with medicines...etc etc.
It is more about making the tank the ideal living place for the beneficial bacteria, if the bacteria keep dying, no matter how many 'balls' you throw in, it will be useless and you will be back to the square one.
So, the next logical thing to do is to find out what causes your beneficial bacteria to keep dying or deteriorating. My wild guess will be the water source. Perhaps you have to do a test to find out about the chlorine contents of your water source or even installing some pipe water filter, at least a carbon filter, to remove some of the chlorine and heavy metals from the pipe water before it goes into the tank. If unable to, perhaps you have to aged the water first, see if it helps. If you are using UVs, perhaps turn it on only for a couple of hours daily instead.
In short, make the tank a better living place for the beneficial bacteria, so that you don't need that bacteria booster every time and cloudy water, no more.
ps : I hope I am not 'logorrhea' again, lol
restart, hibernate, restart, shut down, restart, stand by, restart..ehh, cannot restart ler..