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Old 11-03-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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How to spped up cycle

I have heard u can put fish food in a cycling tank to speed things up. How often should I feed an empty tank. 20lbs of live rock and a hob skimmer is my filtration.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:36 AM   #2
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It will help feed your bacteria but basically the fish food will be the source of ammonia. If I were you I'd put a prawn in there and leave it until you can test water and have zero ammonia then your safe to add fish
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Thanks mate, thing is I've had no nitrate spike or anything. I know I'm only in week two but I want to see this b4 I add anything. Do u know when u will get it?
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #4
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Sorry misunderstanding put a dead prawn that you would eat in there. That will then provide the ammonia which your bacteria will start breaking into nitrite then nitrate which is your cycle.hope that makes sense but just let me know if not
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Makes perfect sense. I can't get a prawn at the moment, so will fish food eventually do the trick? Thanks
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Makes perfect sense. I can't get a prawn at the moment, so will fish food eventually do the trick? Thanks
Yes. Whether you use fish food or prawn/shrimp, if you could place it in a nylon bag or sock. It will still breakdown and it will make cleanup much easier.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:52 AM   #7
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I would also advise the raw shrimp, fish food (I assume you mean flakes?) is not the best type of food to feed anyways...
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I did my first tank with fish food and flakes and second with shrimp both work tbh as all you need is something to break down in the tank
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If ur LFS has Dr tims one and only, take a look it works wonders
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:11 PM   #10
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Cheers just put some food in. How often should I feed it
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