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Old 09-19-2003, 11:12 PM   #1
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How to cycle a tank

Just wondering what method you all use, and how well it works for you.
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Old 09-19-2003, 11:15 PM   #2
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my vote - option (d) - lots of live plants and a few fish
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Old 09-19-2003, 11:15 PM   #3
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You forgot Bio-Spira *grin*

I've cycled tanks with fish, have done fishless cycling and used Bio-Spira. My first choice is Bio-Spira followed by fishless cycling with ammonia.

In fact, I've started 2 tanks successfully with Bio-Spira, and just set up a QT tank this evening with Bio-Spira (I'll be testing for nitrogenous waste tomorrow).
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Ok so i just filled it up with water and am going to get gravel tomorrow ( i know this i bassackwards lol). It is a 125 gallon. So what type of fish do you recommend to cycle with and how long should i wait to get them. I am going to have oscars and a tire track or fire eel and maybe an arawana eventually. So would one or 2 smallish oscars be too much to start with?
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I prefer to start a tank with a few fish, some media from another tank, and a bit of bio-spira/cycle AND time. Time is the hardest ingredient to add
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Can you get a hold of Bio-Spira? Would cycle the tank instantly and wondering what fish to use to cycle the tank would be a moot point.
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I will see if any of the LFS have it. Thanks!!! I was going crazy thinking i would have to stare at an empty tank for a month!!! So i have a small biowheel on one side of the tank should i pour the biospira directly on the wheel or just in the water?
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Makes no diff I've added it both ways and it worked well in both cases.

Just make sure you add it WITH the fish that will be living in there. If you wait to add the fish, the bacteria will die (no food - no fish waste).
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if you have used a de-chorineator, have substrate and your filter running, you can add the fish-o-cycling along with some bio-spira. Then start testing the water until if falls into acceptable parms.

I find good fish to use are molies/swordtails/feeder guppies, depending on what you put in the tank they will remove the feeder guppies. The other fish you will have to remove if it is not a comunity tank.

What kind of filter did you get for the 125 gal?
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It is an aquaclear 500 and it is HUGE lol

So im gonna go tomorrow and pick out my first fish if i can find some biospira. Thanks everyone and especially Allivymar!
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