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Old 02-23-2006, 11:29 PM   #1
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Myth or Truth?

This may be an odd question, so bare with me. I have a 65gal aquar. already up and running, but I was going to start up my 29gal. just to have something extra. Now... I was told that urinating into a new tank will acctually aid in properly cycling the tank. Human urine has some sort of benificial bacteria within it, that aids the tank in a quick cycle. I am laughing quite histerically while writting this, but this is an honest question. Is this true? Or is this simply one heck of a strange myth.
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:33 PM   #2
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Old 02-23-2006, 11:39 PM   #3
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Any natural source of ammonia will aid in the cycling process. It does not contain any bacteria that is beneficial to your tank, it is simply a source of ammonia to kick start the cycle. I'm not saying anyone should do it, and there is no benefit to it over trowing a raw table shrimp in the tank, but it would work.
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and there is no benefit to it over trowing a raw table shrimp in the tank, but it would work.
Well there is one benifit. Its free and um well easily attained lol.
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If you think rotting shrimp stinks, wait to you get a wif of week old urine. Besides depending on the person you may infect your fish with herpegonoriffalus.
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Don't think by any means that I will acctually attempt such a feat. For some reason, attempting to stand carefully on a table; while aiming into a tank just seems wrong to me. I just wasn't really sure if I could believe such a thing. I'd imagine the amonia would help and all, but I would imagine you would need to wait quite a while before acctually adding fish due to the other things present in urine.
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that's the stuff of america's funniest home videos....
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Just a thought from someone who used to do janitorial work, and now works in the medical field!

There may be waste in the urine that will get your cycle started, but urine is also full of salt and protein that stain tile, and depending on your body chemistry and whether or not you are getting ill, could be full of sugars, blood, bacteria, etc....and then yes, there is also the smell!

It is quite possible it might work well, but I wouldn't recommend it! hehe!
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That just seems wrong.

I wouldn't just because you'd always be thinking about your pee floating around in there. And when you went to syphon out water for a PWC...well, you'd be thinking twice about doing the #1 into the tank to begin with.
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Hehe, that kinda puts new meaning into the term "Go With The Flow". Think I'm gonna stick to dead shrimp
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