Originally Posted by Wmc2009
Thanks for the response. No I didn't cycle the tank. I have cleaned it out and started over like you suggested just kinda overwhelmed with that whole fish less cycling process. Seems like it might take forever? Do you have to do that every time you want to clean out your tank and redecorate? I've found some cichlid rams I want to purchase but it's only been a few days since I cleaned it up. Don't want another fish death trap. I'm noticing a lot of snails if that means anything.
Nice tank you have there. Whether you fishless cycle or fish in it will still take 4-8 weeks (sometimes longer). It's not a good idea to add rams to a tank any less then 6 months old. They need very stable conditions and a new tank will not provide that.
Redecorating the tank (not removing anything) will not cause a cycle. Removing an established filter and sometimes changing substrate will cause a cycle.
Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side.
Here are the direct links to the cycling guides. Have a read of them and then make up your mind which way you wish to cycle.