Hmmm so I had it backwards breaks solid waste down into smaller pieces.... Why not just let your filter/gravel vac catch the solid waste? Completely useless product if you ask me. The less chemicals you add to your water the better IMHO. Water conditioner is the only chemical I use unless treating for an illness. Water changes/gravel vacs may take a little time but cutting corners by using products like this will bite you in the arse eventually...After reading about the product, the "Nutrafin Waste Control Biological Aquarium Cleaner" seems to contain some bacteria that break down solid organic waste into smaller particles(producing ammonia) and maybe some nitrosomonas species etc. to convert ammonia to nitrite. That's why using it increases ammonia since it's intended to make uneaten food and poop rot faster.
"Cycle" refers to a second product "Nutrafin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement" that's suppose to "[eliminate] toxic ammonia and nitrites" produced by the previous product. It probably contains some nitrobacter species etc. to convert nitrite to nitrate.
These processes all occur naturally in cycled tanks anyways... maybe use them to speed up the nitrogen cycle in a newly setup tank?
I couldn't tell if the two Nutrafin products would work similarily to bacter 300 from ADA, but they definitely do not "[decrease] aquarium maintenance by reducing waste on interior aquarium surfaces". All the wastes are still in the tank (just in a different form). Water changes are still required to remove the resulting nitrate from the system, IMHO.
Quotes from product description.
Nutrafin Waste Control Biological Aquarium Cleaner, 250mL (8.4fl oz), Pets | Walmart.ca - Online Shopping in Canada
Nutrafin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement, 250 mL (8.4 fl oz), Pets | Walmart.ca - Online Shopping in Canada
Exactly! I totally agree with you.Water changes/gravel vacs may take a little time but cutting corners by using products like this will bite you in the arse eventually...