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Fish-less cycle any advice

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So I am looking at doing dry sand and dry rock in my new tank, and there are tons of companies that offer “Quick cycles/ bacteria strains. Any experience with some of the big ones:

Polyplab Genesis

Brightwell Aquatics Microbactor

Dr Tims one and only live bacteria

Fritz Tyme turbo start

Lif Bio Fil

or any of the other 900 options.

Also any good guides on cycling in a modern reef world.





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I have used Dr Tim’s a few times with good results. I’d imagine that most of them are pretty equivalent but you might do some reading on the “bigger ones. I flunked out of med school, and that makes me a doctor in New Jersey, so take my opinion as such. 

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I believe BRS has a series on cycling a tank in this fashion. One of my take aways is that while they help delay some of the ugly stage of cycling, the tank will still go through a stage where algae is going to grow heavily. That being said, the bottled bacteria does prevent or lessen the odds that other unfriendly  bacteria like cyano etc. will take hold. My limited understanding but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express one time...

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