Thanks for the tip Tyrone. Ill see if I can find some here in Australia.
A question though... How can the BB in the bottle live without a source of ammonia. Something that I have always wondered about the bottled stuff from LFS.
I found an article at http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Bacte...o_they_work%3F
that mentions Nitrospira bacteria. A couple of excerpts:
"SeaChem launched Stability
in 2004, another bacteria seeding product that claims instant addition of fish. This product however doesn't want to release the name of the species of bacteria it holds. But does say that it also contains a third species that also claims to break down mulm. This product also has the benefit that it doesn't require cooling in the shop as the bacteria are kept in a suspended spore state until added to the aquarium. By keeping the bacteria in a spore state
, the temperature of the bottle hardly matters and it can even be frozen or heated to quite high temperatures without ill effects. It also claims to have a long shelf-life of around 4 years. I've used this product myself as its more widely available in the UK than BIO-spira. It certainly prevented my 250 Litres (66 US G.) tank with its load of fish from another smaller tank from suffering any ill effects. I didn't notice any ammonia spike during my daily testing for the first 2 weeks!"
Hints on growing bacteria:
" Tips on promoting the growth of the bacteria
Nitrifying bacteria do not like being in water that is too soft. So if your water has a KH of less than 3d (53.6ppm), a GH of less than 3d (53.6ppm) and a pH of less than 7, you may need to increase the KH and GH if you want faster growth of the bacteria in your filter. (See the links above for how to do this.) Though Seachem do claim that their Stability species of bacteria works well over a far wider pH and GH level.
Keeping the water warm (over 25°C (77°F) ) promotes the speed of its reproduction.
Keep total ammonia levels to less than 1 ppm and any nitrite to less than 1 ppm as otherwise the high levels will suppress the growth of the nitrospira bacteria converting the nitrite into nitrate."
Article by --Quatermass 16:27, 6 May 2007 (CDT). Updated --Quatermass 15:31, 20 April 2008 (CDT) & 20:26, 3 March 2009, 6 June 2010