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Old 05-27-2004, 10:45 PM   #1
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cycle tank with an eel?

i heard from someone who came into my work that he cycled his 60 gallon tank with a snowflake eel has n e one else heard of this i did not know they were hardy enough to do that or do u think he was just lucky
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Old 05-28-2004, 07:16 AM   #2
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Eels are very hardy, but I wouldn't suggest using one to cycle a tank. Why subject the eel to the ammonia and nitrite when you can use a piece of shrimp from the grocery store to achieve the same results? IMO, fishless cycling is the way to go...whether you use uncured LR or shrimp. JMHO.
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I agree with Logon. I was told by my LFS that i could cycle my tank with my eel. Not knowing any better, i took him home and threw him into the tank. I got real lucky because i found this site a day or two later and learned just how wronge the LFS was. I kept the eel in the tank, but I did water changes every few days to keep the levels low. It took my tank forever to cycle. Fishless is the way to go.
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thanx for the advice i wanted to make sure it would be ok first i guess not lol i think im just gunna cycle my tank with mollies cause its in my bedroom so i cant really rot a piece of shrimp so i think thats the only way to go tahnx again
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Old 05-28-2004, 05:58 PM   #5
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I remember reading somewhere you can use small quantities of household ammonia solution to cycle with.. as long as it's the clear kind that isn't perfumed.

I think the point that is trying to be made here is that using fish to cycle is cruel and unnecessary.
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Old 05-28-2004, 06:40 PM   #6
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I agree. I would never ever ever use fish to cycle a tank. I have a 60 gallon and used raw shrimp - it didn't smell in the least (my protein skimmer may have helped with that).
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i thought u werent supposed to run the protein skimmer till it was all cycled and id rather use a few fish who probly wont die and know that it will cycle alright then tryit fishless cause i have a feeling id screw it up somehow
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I don't think it matters if you have the protein skimmer on or off during the cyle. In my opinion, I think it helped with the smell - because there was none! Please try the raw shrimp method instead of subjecting some poor little fish to such harsh conditions (even if they do live, it's very cruel).
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I used a protein skimmer. Didnt take long at all to cycle.
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Just a quick question along the same lines.

Should I use one small shrimp to cycle a 37 gallon? or should I use half a shrimp?

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