Nitrifying bacteria need a lot of oxygen to function properly. For best results and quicker cycling install an air pump to add vigorous aeration to the aquarium.
Set up aquarium and equipment, adjust PH, and temperature to proper levels and dechlorinate the water before adding Culture Max. Remove filter socks and leave them out for a week, turn off your UV and ozone generator 48 hours prior to adding Culture Plus to avoid killing the bacteria and leave them off until the aquarium is fully cycled.
Add no more than three, two-inch fish per 10 gallons within 24 hours of adding Culture Max to provide food for the bacteria. Do not feed the first day and then feed lightly for the next 3 days.
DO NOT RINSE CULTURE MAX Simply place the Culture Max Biomedia pouch in your filter in such a way as to ensure the water flows through the mesh bag. Add filter floss before Culture Max to filter out particulates before the water flows through the Culture Max Biomedia mesh bag in order to keep the Culture Max Biomedia clean.
Additional bacteria included in the pouch help seed the rest of your aquarium. Simply add the remaining water from the package directly into your aquarium. Each pouch treats up to 50 gallons. Effectiveness will depend on your filtration system's efficiency, how heavily stocked your aquarium is, and how careful you are not to overfeed.
For best results double the dosage for every 50 gallons. Culture Max cannot be overdosed. NEVER RINSE Culture Max Live Biomedia under tap water. Should your bio media become dirty, simply dunk and shake the mesh bio media bag in a bucket filled with aquarium water to dislodge debris.
Follow the directions above.
Only leave UV and ozone off for a week after adding Culture Max. Check your pH, temperature, and dissolved oxygen to make sure they are in the correct range. Each pouch treats up to 50 gallons. Effectiveness will depend on your filtration system's efficiency, how heavily stocked your aquarium is, and how careful you are not to overfeed.
For best results double the dosage for every 50 gallons. Culture Max cannot be overdosed. To maintain optimum performance, Culture Max should be rinsed in aquarium water once a month to remove any accumulated debris and dead biofilm. Simply dunk the pouch in clean aquarium water and shake vigorously.
DO NOT FREEZE OR EXPOSE TO EXTREME HEAT
STORE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
Culture Max is a Unique Aquarium Filter Media
Culture Max is a unique aquarium filter media in that it is the only live bio media available. Culture Max has the largest surface area of any bio media and the perfect internal and external pore size for the various strains of beneficial bacteria it is cultured with to grow on and flourish.
When added to an Eheim filter, a Fluval filter, or any other canister filter it should be placed in between the other aquarium filter media in the following order. The water should pass through the mechanical filter media first in order to trap debris and keep the bio media clean, then through the Culture Max and lastly through the chemical filter media for final polishing of the water.
Out of all the different types of aquarium filter media, the biological filter media is the most important as ammonia and nitrite are continuously being produced by the fish and unless the biological filter media has enough surface area to house a large enough population of nitrifying bacteria the aquarium will experience a buildup of ammonia and or nitrite. Both, ammonia and nitrite, are very toxic to all aquatic life and both should always be at 0 parts per million.
There are other types of popular biological filter media such as bio balls, ceramic "noodles" and other various forms of plastic filter media. They all work, but what makes Culture Max a superior biological aquarium filter media is that it has a much larger surface area, which means that it will be colonized by a much greater number of beneficial bacteria to process the ammonia and nitrite being produced by the fish waste and other decaying organic matter. The porosity and ideal pore size of Culture Max together create the perfect home for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate oxidizing bacteria to grow large and efficient bacterial colonies.
In addition, Culture Max is cultured with over 10 strains of powerful beneficial bacteria that would otherwise not grow naturally in the aquarium. In essence, it is the perfect marriage of diverse strains of beneficial bacteria together with the perfect biological aquarium filter media. Culture Max will benefit every type of aquarium and aquatic life by creating a balanced, more stable, and cleaner environment. In order to keep fish and other aquatic life happy and healthy, an aquarium must be stable, clean and as free of organic pollutants as possible.