Logan and Timbo2 are correct. I started my entire cycle with Cured LR
from my LFS
, and my eel. i had to pay close attention to amonia and nitrite levels and with the frequent water changes (every three days) i say my cycle process took a lot longer than expected. But i was more concerned with the health of the eel than with the amount of time it took to cycle the tank. If you add established biomatter now your tank should cycle nicely.
And if your wondering why i used the eel to cycle the tank, it is because the owner of the LFS
told me that i should
I didnt know any better at the time, and i was soooo exited about setting up my first tank i did what h said without doing enough research.