09-05-2010, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by burnsbabe
I would agree with the others. A test kit is going to help you keep things straight and a water change every few days is going to keep your ammonia spike down.
Live plants will be a big help because the buffer a lot of the chemical issues involved with a cycle. Finally, this.
Cycling bacteria in a bottle are fine. They work. Use them or don't. But don't just trust that they'll cycle your tank in a given, short, period of time. Make sure you use your test kit. They SHOULD knock a few days to a week of off how long it would take to otherwise cycle.
Definately a good point..I should have been more specific. I still like the old school way (nature takes time and you should learn patience :)...just happen to use it because I was having cycling problems with my tank.
Definately test to make sure you are cycled and stable.