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Old 05-21-2013, 05:20 PM   #11
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A fishless cycle may take much longer than 1-2 weeks, if your uncle has an established tank, you could get some of his filter media or gravel to kick start you beneficial bacteria.
I initially tried a fishless cycle, but after 6 weeks I grew impatient and am now doing a fish-in cycle.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:36 PM   #12
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I was told today at my lfs that I could do a fish in cycle using some cheap goldfish to get the tank to proper levels, and then just put them in my pond when I'm ready to move the new fish in..
Is this true? And is there any links to ways to do the fish in cycle?
Does it make a difference if use goldfish?

Also there is a supposed 3-day fishless cycle formula available at my lfs for 17$..
Its called ultrafin cycle.

Just trying to make sure everything is done right! Thanks for all the help so far!
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:51 PM   #13
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I tried the cycle in a bottle, it did not work for me.

Not sure about the goldfish, I know they are hardy though,
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A fish or a loach, it doesn't matter as long as it will be friendly with the tetras..

Are there any frogs/crustaceans that could be in with them perhaps?

Really anything! I have tons of time to change the stocking plan right now, any ideas are welcome!
You could even give me a whole new plan if you'd like to put one out for me (:

I'm getting a 45gallon corner, and have made a budget of 40$ for my fish. Plants/decor will come with the tank, going to choose what I want and then clean them (properly). But I am buying new substrate for sure.
Most crustaceans are semi-aggressive so I wouldn't get any in the community tank. Some kuhli loaches would be cool ( if u get sand substrate ) .
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List of fish that I think r a little showy and good for a community tank:
Cherry barbs
Neon/cardinal tetras
Gold dust mollies
Silver mollies
Black kuhli/coolie loach
Red wag platy
Hi fin platy
Black skirt tetras ( black skirt turns grayer the older they get )
Mystery snails
Clown loach ( may get too big for ur tank )
Cory catfish
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Everyone tends to think crustacean a are unfriendly to fish.. I have a blue crayfish in with ghost shrimp and rasbora's and he's hasn't been an issue at all. Occasionally herds away the shrimp but pays no mind at all to the fish.
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Here is one.

As a general tip there is much information in the article section and you can always search the forum as well for different experiences and viewpoints, and tips.

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Everyone tends to think crustacean a are unfriendly to fish.. I have a blue crayfish in with ghost shrimp and rasbora's and he's hasn't been an issue at all. Occasionally herds away the shrimp but pays no mind at all to the fish.
A full sized crayfish can, and will eat, kill, maim, if it feels like it and it is a fact, you shouldn't have any expensive, prized, or very much loved 1-2", maybe even 3" fish. He could get bored or hungry, you just can't be safe with them. Though I gave may friend a Blue cray for her birthday and he had his corner and didn't ever seem to bother anyone for the years of his life.

Just don't want anyone to bring one home and end up with a massacre! They can have different personalities like people do, and snap, like people do.
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Hi and welcome! I am also fairly new to the hobby and to the forum. You will find tons of great information here, so have fun researching!
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