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Old 11-25-2008, 09:26 PM   #1
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55 Gallon Tank Cycle w/ Fish

I made the conscious decision to cycle with fish to share with the community an alternative approach to the initial setup process. I have read all the literature, and I simply feel that it is better to cycle with living fish.

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Live rock will be purchased once my local fish store, has some interesting pieces.

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Time Date Ammonia Nitrate Nitrite Alkalinity pH Temp Salinity Notes 7:39 11/20/2008 0.25 20 1 300 7.8 79 1.0226 healthy looking fish
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My problem is what are you trying to prove? You will cycle a tank just like you would if you put a piece of shrimp in there. You wont do it any better or any faster whether it`s fishless or with fish. There is one difference though. The fishless way is more humane and will not harm or put any fish in dire straits as your way will do. So As I say You have nothing to prove to me as your little experiment is not proving one single thing except to prove that you dont care about the inhabitants of your tank. Just think if the shoe was on the other foot.

BTW some good reading if you are up to it.

Humane way to cycle your SW tank
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Yeah I am with MELOSU you have nothing to prove. Your cycling with fish. Like he says thats In Humane. Fishless cycle is way better than having your fish suffer. But anyways this is what I think about your Cycle..

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Wow, those are high ammonia levels.

Those poor fish
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One thing I want to stress is that we are not trying to gang up on anyone. Everyone has the right to do what they want to on their fish tank so I really dont want everyone going off. My point is that it is impossible for your cycling with fish to be as you said "better" then the fishless way and vice versa. Both ways are being cycled by an ammonia source. The "only" difference is the way that the fish are being treated. Your statement "I have read all the literature, and I simply feel that it is better to cycle with living fish" is totally impossible to prove. I know the fishless cycle is a passion with alot of us but we have to be civil about it.
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I agree with the rest. If this post goes out of hand we will have to lock it.
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