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Old 06-20-2004, 01:38 AM   #1
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HOw many zebra danios to help start a cycle in a 55 gal

I just got my sand bottom 55 gallon tank up and running, I threw in the filter from my 10 gallon tank thats all gross and disgusting, how many zebra danios should I run to help encourage a cycle to take place, I have 6 in there right now I amhopeing thats enough. THanks Aaron
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6 is enough, but you'll have to stock it slowly so the bio-filter can keep up. 10 would be ideal
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I used six in my 55G tank to help cycle it but mine is a planted tank. I would try to add 4-6 more in the next two weeks.
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I would recommend a fishless cycle, your danios would apprieciate it
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~55 galFW ~6 zebra danios (I think, haven't seen some in a while), ~7 black skirt tetras, 1 clown pleco, 1 cory cat, 3 pit bull plecos, 1 baby guppy in a breeders net, and 1 red minor tetra

I also have a couple other tanks w/o fish as right now I do not have the room/time and there is a chance of moving in the "near" future so I don't want to get more fish for them. I'm downsizing for the moment.
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Well... I am being nice to them actually, I have old media from my frog tank sitting in there along with some slimy plastic plants from that tank. THe frog tank has been established for 3 years.... I just didn't know if 6 fish was enough to for the media I put in there considering my frogs are the messiest eaters on the planet. I have 3 full grown African clawed frogs, 5-6 inches each, they are mean buggers, they bite me when I try to clean their tank
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