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Old 08-04-2009, 09:08 AM   #1
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How to Cycle a Tank

Why is there not an article on how to cycle a tank in the "Articles" section?

If by chance I over looked it and it is in there, why would it not be the very first, bolded, hugh typeface heading (and in the FW and SW sections) ?

IMO , someone should click on the articles and be slapped in the face with one on cycling closely followed by acclimation.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:25 AM   #2
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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I'm thinking there isn't an article on it because cycling a tank is #1 not very complex #2 there are many ways to do it, including many variations on the old school live fish method as well as variations in the new age critter friendly fishless cycle. #3 There are many variables for each tank making each cycle similar to a snowflake, they are all basically the same structure, but no two are exactly alike..
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Yeah but I think they should be readily available to beginners just getting into aquarium keeping.
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I respectably submit reason #2
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Yeah but I think they should be readily available to beginners just getting into aquarium keeping.
IMO part of becoming a great fish keeper is not having everything done for you, but having to do hours of research and reading, studying the hobby and the ecosystem your trying to mirror.

Having things done for me makes my projects a lot less rewarding.

Although I can see how, in a lot of cases with people who don't know anything at all, a crude idea of how to cycle the tank should include an in depth explanation of how the nitrogen cycle works as well as the pro's and cons of different substrates and filtration systems (bio-balls, live rock ect). All of which makes a difference in cycling your tank imo, since the goal of cycling is to obtain equilibrium in your ecosystem and all of those variables change that equilibrium.
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I went to the articles section and found it on page 2 of SW articles.http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ank/Page1.html
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:13 AM   #8
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You are right, stupid idea.

I was just unaware of the simplicity and inherent knowledge that every individual was born with that plants that term and base knowledge in their subconscious. Maybe I can get out of my student loans with that argument too. More likely they would demand my degree be returned.

page 2 of the SW section, first place a newbie and/or FW people will look.

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IMO part of becoming a great fish keeper is not having everything done for you, but having to do hours of research and reading, studying the hobby and the ecosystem your trying to mirror.

Having things done for me makes my projects a lot less rewarding.

Although I can see how, in a lot of cases with people who don't know anything at all, a crude idea of how to cycle the tank should include an in depth explanation of how the nitrogen cycle works as well as the pro's and cons of different substrates and filtration systems (bio-balls, live rock ect). All of which makes a difference in cycling your tank imo, since the goal of cycling is to obtain equilibrium in your ecosystem and all of those variables change that equilibrium.
I completely agree with you but IMO, newbies need somewhere to start and a good place for research (as I had). You have to start somewhere and I am definitely not an advocate for having people do things for you, I believe that to do things right you have to do things yourself and make your own mistakes. Having articles readily available though I think falls under research rather than people doing things for you.
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The article could be about the many ways to do it, to help people pick one.
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