ATM Colony Freshwater Fixes Bacterial Bloom in New Planted Tank
Hi Aquascapers! This would be my first post so please be a little gentle with me. I just want to share my experience with ATM Colony Freshwater. This stuff really works in terms of getting rid of bacterial bloom. Though I am still observing if this would really cycle my tank in just few days as what the bottle claims.
I have just recently restarted my 50 US Gal tank 9 days ago as I have replaced my normal gravel with Borneo Wild 2 substrate for plants. Everything was doing great; water is crystal clear, very minimal sign of diatoms and few thread algae on the hairgrass mini and plants growing really well without fertz yet. In fact, my stem plants are now 2.5 inches taller. On the 7th day, I thought, it's time to put in some clean-up crew. So I decided to put in 6 Amano Shrimps in the tank for starters (ammonia is 0.25, nitrite is 0 and nitrate is around 5-10). The next morning, I am surprised that my crystal clear water became really cloudy. I knew is was bacterial bloom as it is cloudy white; not green. I know I'd only need to be patient and the bacterial bloom will eventually disappear. So I decided to visit my LSF and thought maybe I'd get 4 more amano shrimps to get rid of the diatoms and other algae while waiting for the cloudiness to clear up. The guy in the LFS then suggested I use ATM Colony Freshwater. I went home, did a 40% water change then I dosed the entire bottle in the tank. Yep, you read that right! The water became more cloudy! Then I thought, I'd just let the thing do its work and see what would happen the next day. When I woke up the next morning, I was so surprised on how clear the water my tank has become. There is definitely a huge difference when compared the night before. I went out for work, came back home and I was really surprised and happy that the cloudy water is now again crystal clear. It literally fixed the problem in less than 24 hours! Plants are doing alright and no amano shrimp casualties. Also, my ANUBIAS IS PEARLING!!! I thought anubias does nor pearl?
Current reading as of this writing (ammonia = 0.25, nitrite = 0, nitrate = 10). All I got to do is do another 30-40% water change tomorrow (10th day) and ammonia should drop to zero.
I have attached a photo of the current look of my tank.