Colony effectively speeds up the “cycling” process of establishing a new aquarium by introducing millions of nitrifying bacteria all at once. Use this instead of waiting 6-8 weeks for a new aquarium to stabilize and establish its biofilm and nitrifying bacteria or when replacing bio-media.
THE ONE THAT WORKS – As trusted by public aquariums around the world, including Sea Life Sanctuaries, Colony’s claim to fame is through results proven in every corner of the globe and in a variety of systems.
“TRUE” NITRIFYING BACTERIA: THE REAL THING – Only aerobic autotrophs perform bio-filtration in the context of the nitrogen cycle, so not just any bacteria will do. As these bacteria have a comparatively slow growth rate, a wait of 6-8 weeks may be required to establish bio-filtration in a new aquarium as their numbers at this stage are very low.
Colony effectively speeds up this process by introducing millions of these bacteria all at once. What’s more, is that the education that comes with every bottle of Colony is invaluable to understanding bio-filtration as the first livestock that goes into your aquarium.
- To rapidly establish bio-filtration in new aquariums
- After medicating
- When adding new livestock
- Replacing media
Maintain average water temperatures of 23-30°C (74-86°F). For best results, maintain a pH between 7.2–8.0. Always maintain a minimum 90 ppm Total Alkalinity. Systems requiring a pH level below 7.2 should be slowly adjusted after ageing/cycling the system at 7.2–8.0 pH. Shake bottle vigorously to mix bacteria. For average water conditions add 118 ml (4 oz) of ATM Colony Freshwater per 95 L (25 gal) of dechlorinated aquarium water (tap water recommended). Dose entire system volume once. Do not overcrowd tank. Prevent ammonia and nitrite spikes by feeding fish lightly when applying Colony. Monitor ammonia and nitrite levels and slightly increase feeding rate after 4 consecutive days of at, or near, 0 ppm ammonia and nitrite concentrations. Gradually increase to normal feeding levels.
NOTE: Turn off or unplug UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, and ozone generators prior to and 4-5 days after each introduction of ATM Colony Freshwater. Keep at room temperature and do not allow product to freeze or excede 43°C (110°F). No water changes until after the fourth day when all bacteria has attached.
No refrigeration required. Keep out of reach of children.