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Old 09-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Cycleing with out fish, Questions

So how much meat do I throw in there will a chunk of balony work.

My tankis 56 gal I took some of the substate from my other tank and one of the canister filters from there also those have been good for several months my thought is it wont take long since I have pre colonized bacteria right? I will also put a emperor 280 from my other tank on the new one. What do you think or do I need to even bother with it and just put a couple fish in.
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:18 PM   #2
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Something natural, not little bits of meat pushed together that didn't make the cut for USDA standards.....

Try getting 2 unseasoned raw jumbo shrimp from your local grocery store and stick those in a zip-loc bag, poke holes in the bag and stick it in the tank. Monitor the ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. Don't use the other tests as most of those params will be all over the place during the cycle. Watch for ammonia to turn to nitrites and as soon as there are no nitrites, your cycle is basically completed.
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That's easy enough Thanks
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I agree, I use 1 raw, unseasoned jumbo shrimp per 30 gallons to cycle my tanks.
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okay bought a pound of Pink Key West Shrimp put two large into tank and cooked the rest they are on ice in the refrigirator for a snack this evening, I took a good amount of substrate and spred it all over the new substrate my fluval 205 is full of good media from my other tank and I added a new fluval 305, so now we will see how long it takes, also bought a stick on amonia sensor.
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Hmmm, you may want to look into the API saltmaster test kit. It should be around $15-20 and is a great kit for watching the cycle and future tests. I wouldn't worry about using the pH test yet, the cycle will have it all over the place until the tank settles in.
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Yes I do have a kit API as a matter of fact, wonder how long it will take to see rise in amonia. this little stick on thing I got is showing a slight color change already, I will do a test later tonight. Thanks
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So what are you going to do with the balogna?
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