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    I'm looking for a somewhat easy way to replenish the beneficial bacteria in my tank. Do not want to Vodka dose, nor do I have the funds for a pellet reactor. Are there any commercial liquid/powder forms out there that are worth using? Something like SeaChem Stability?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MizTanks View Post
    I'm looking for a somewhat easy way to replenish the beneficial bacteria in my tank. Do not want to Vodka dose, nor do I have the funds for a pellet reactor. Are there any commercial liquid/powder forms out there that are worth using? Something like SeaChem Stability?
    why do you wanna replenish them? i didn't think you could actually run out of the good bacteria.

    In any case you'd wanna look at brightwells Microbacter 7

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    Once you start using mb7 you have to keep using it. Talk to Andy he is a expert on the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EMUreef View Post
    why do you wanna replenish them? i didn't think you could actually run out of the good bacteria.

    In any case you'd wanna look at brightwells Microbacter 7
    Read this article that really got me thinking: Reefs Magazine - Nutrient Export--Old Problem, New Solutions

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryandlaura View Post
    Once you start using mb7 you have to keep using it. Talk to Andy he is a expert on the issue.
    I don't want to have to do it everyday
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    MB7 doesnt have to be done every day. It can be, but doesnt have to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryandlaura View Post
    Once you start using mb7 you have to keep using it. Talk to Andy he is a expert on the issue.
    I hope Andy chimes in. I would like to know why you need to keep using it, and cant stop, once started. Doesnt sound like anything i have experianced/heard about.

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    I belive but im not sure that the bacteria you add without mb7 compares with the natural bacteria already in your tank. And when you stop dosing may get a small spike or algae bloom. Once you start using it its best to continue.
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    I cant say I have noticed this. I have used it over a year strait, and then stopped a few times, only to add it on occasion- with no ill effects. I dose it every now and then these days. Once you hit a low nutrient area in your tank you can dose it on occasion to maintain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryandlaura View Post
    I belive but im not sure that the bacteria you add without mb7 compares with the natural bacteria already in your tank. And when you stop dosing may get a small spike or algae bloom. Once you start using it its best to continue.
    That makes sense The article I read touches on The Berlin Method and how the LR in our tanks can get *old* which makes sense to me too. It mostly talks about export of no2/no3 and po4 via the bacteria and I'd like to stay as close to the natural as possible. Vodka and Mb7 just don't seem right to me
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    I thought bacteria dosing was as close to natural as it gets, as far as po4/no3 export.

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