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Old 07-02-2011, 06:12 PM   #11
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It's without fish, I bought a aqua one 130ltr tank. With filter in hood. I put my old gravel in (that was well washed). And water 3inch below top of tank. So it's a fishless cycle I imagine. My old tank didn't take long
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Just filling it with water is not cycling. Check out the link that was posted earlier in the thread or the link in my signature block.
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You don't get the concept you need to throw some raw shrimp in there and wait till the readings are ammo 0 nitrites 0 and a showing of nitrates
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Just filling it with water is not cycling. Check out the link that was posted earlier in the thread or the link in my signature block.
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You don't get the concept you need to throw some raw shrimp in there and wait till the readings are ammo 0 nitrites 0 and a showing of nitrates
What do you mean by putting raw shrimp in? Will that help? And how do I put them in? And how long for?
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Get some stockings or leggings or whatever you call them and put 2 shrimp in and then it will let out ammonia so you'll be doing a fishless cycle
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And until you get ammo 0 nitrites 0 and nitrates
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:43 PM   #18
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basically u r putting rotting stuff in til u get ur tank to be like proper water! Read cycling link.x Getting the good bacteria started..
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Does it have to be shrimp?
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:04 AM   #20
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Does it have to be shrimp?
No, there are other options. I used bottled ammonia as this allows you to add measured amounts. As ppl above have said, read up on the nitrogen cycle, and don't expect it to be cycled quickly it takes weeks or even longer. But done properly before you get fish will mean the fish get the best start. Without a COMPLETE fishless cycle you are poisoning the fish which will reduce there resistance to disease and in the long term may kill them. I ran my tank cycle for 6 weeks before the levels were 0. Since then my tank has run for 7 months without a single fish death (touch wood).
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