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Old 10-21-2005, 11:31 PM   #21
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ignore the saltwater part. The rest remains the same. You can also do it with pure ammonia instead of a shrimp. Ace hardware sells it.
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how long does cycling typically take?
Wich method do you prefer? With Shrimp or with pure ammonia
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It takes about 6 weeks. I like the ammonia better, less mess. A dicomposing shrimp is not the nicest thing to look at.
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:37 PM   #24
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OK, finally, can i start the cycle with just the tank and filter and add the gravel and plants later? The reason I ask is because I have to do this gradually to help offset the costs.
I am thinking that if I go get the filter tonight and set up this weekend I can start the filter and the cycle process then add the decorations and gravel in a few weeks, get the hoods, then finally about that time the cycle should be completed and I can go for fish.
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:38 PM   #25
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And what are Kudos?
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:42 PM   #26
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Yes that will work. Get the gravel as soon as you can. A lot of the bacteria grows in it. Kudos are a way of saying thank or good job. You get 1 for every post and 2 for a new thread, I just gave you some for cycling fishlessly.
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:55 PM   #27
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Thank you!
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Old 10-22-2005, 12:31 AM   #28
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The articles are the same for saltwater as with freshwater in regards to cycling It is the same process. I am with Rich, the pure ammonia is cleaner and won't stink up your house.

The 48" glass hood set is comprised of 2 24" hoods. They are not exactly 24". They are made to fit 55 gal tanks. But you need to know if you have Perfecto, All-Glass, or Oceanic tank. The different brands have different sizes. I made the mistake of ordering 2 24" hoods and am now stuck with 4 24" hoods (2 All-Glass and 2 Perfecto). If you order 2 24" hoods you will have to cut the glass to make them fit. In the end, it is cheaper just to order the 48" set.
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How do I find out what kinds of tank I have?
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Old 10-22-2005, 08:50 AM   #30
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nope i dont think any turtle stays that small
If you put up a picture of you turtles i can probably ID them, and if i cant I know people that can
(oops never mind i see it, it disapeard on me)
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