Originally Posted by Phaydra
I think one of the best arguments against bottled bacteria I have heard was most of the time the conditions it is shipped or stored in kills the BB off in the bottle.
Yep this. I wouldn't trust API to be able to deliver live bacteria. There are some companies that can pull it off, but API bottles sit around for months before they even make it to the sales floor.
I do think that it's possible to cycle a 2 gallon tank, but I wouldn't introduce bottled BB to it. I would use filter media from another tank or just let it happen naturally.