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Old 12-03-2011, 09:01 PM   #11
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Cycled means having a beneficial bacterial colony to convert toxic fish waste (ammonia) into nitrIte (still toxic), then another bacterial colonly turns nitrIte into nitrAte.(not nearly as toxic) When you throw away and replace your filter media, you also throw away the beneficial bacteria. Here is a link that will explain cycling more in-depth: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...now/Page2.html
Thanks. Should've known this earlier.
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Thanks. Should've known this earlier.
It's ok. Quite a lot of us have no idea about cycling a tank when we first start out. Myself included.
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Thanks. Should've known this earlier.
Oh ya, we have all made this mistake. Try to teach your son, so he understands too!
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Well, it seems like the problem has been identified. A lot of the people on here have had successful in fish cycles, it just takes a lot more work. If you have anymore questions about the cycle, we are all here to help.
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