Originally Posted by okapizebra
I felt like those cichlids had no horizontal swimming room... It was 140 gallons but with all those shelves in there it looked like they were just stuck. Did anyone else notice this? They've done freshwater twice and it's always cichlids... I wonder who cleans these big tanks too?
My guess with cycling is that they use established media... Instant cycle?
They said it was established water. Not a cycled tank. Basically they took water from another tank that was cycled. They mentioned in there article that they had their own formulas to cycle quicker. That's believable because there is a company that's two cities over from me that has created this (chemist lab) and it cycles a tank in a week. You literally see the diatoms (SW
) after 4 or 5 days and you can see a new batch of ammonia at 4.0 convert to trates in 24 hours. However, I would still like to see the tank itself cycled.
I did notice however that with the shark tank that they said they went back a few weeks later to add the sharks. No mention of cycling there. Just that they added natural sea water. Still again, the substrate wasn't mentioned if it was bagged, etc. and the beneficial bacteria wouldn't be enough to support all those fish. Sharks need PERFECT reef water conditions.