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Old 07-13-2008, 09:07 PM   #1
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Cycling

What do you mean when you mention the word cycling?
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First article describes the nitrogen "cycle"...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ate/Page1.html

Second article describes how to cycle your tank...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ank/Page1.html

In a nutshell, to cycle the tank means to take a tank that has no bacteria to convert ammonia to nitrates and turn it into a tank that DOES have those bacteria. Only when the tank has those bacteria is it safe to put living things in it.
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That second article is written more towards a freshwater tank - you don't want to mess with the pH stuff like that article mentions for a saltwater tank. You specifically want to keep phosphates OUT of a saltwater tank. SW bacteria are not the same as FW bacteria.

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Cycling a new tank removes any dieoff and waiting for beneficail bacteria to grow. Its the time you will need to remove ammonia and nitrite. Heres an article on what happens during a cycle. GL..

What is the Nitrogen Cycling Process?
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