Originally Posted by Laurenlloyd
Would the fishless cycle take longer? Also when I am starting the tank, do I keep it at 78 degrees that the tank will be operating at?
Please take some time to read the 'sticky' or pinned guide at the beginning of the Getting Started section. Start with the Guide to Starting a Freshwater tank article. It covers all the basics for starting a fw
tank and the different methods for cycling.
Bottled bacteria products are hit or miss at best. If you can acquire some cycled filter media, this will be the most helpful in jump starting your cycle. You will need to decide if you plan on cycling fishless or fishin. From scratch (no cycled media), fishless typically takes 4-8 weeks and fishin 6-8+ weeks. Please ask if you have questions!