Thread: Probiotic Food
05-26-2013, 11:39 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
- Join Date
- Apr 2013
So I popped in to get some fish from my LFS and they had a sign up.
"We only use Pro-biotic fish food"
Interested i got home and did a little good search.
"The only Probiotic diet on the UK market for all common community tropical fish species. A highly digestible food that produces amazingly low waste which helps keep your aquarium cleaner for longer."
A little more reading turned up similar literature but no real hard evidence. Has anyone in the community tried this stuff? have you seen any results?
I trust the LFS only because of the number of awards they have won in the past 10 years but I don't really want to jump on their marketing just in case. If no one has tried it before ill give it a go but is it too good to be true??
05-26-2013, 03:34 PM #2
It does work and is just organic eating heterotrophic bacteria that have been used for years in waste management. The term probiotics is just a marketing phrase. But for the money you spend on probiotic fish food, I would refrain from buying it. There is a cheaper option, but you would have to find the equivalent in the UK. Basically, it's bacteria used for septic tanks. In the US we have powder RID-X, and in Canada they have Septo-Bac. I've used it myself and have seen a dramatic decrease in the brown detritus in the hoses of my canister filters.
Here's a link to people using organic eating bacteria: