09-21-2012, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Hanky
I have only done fish in cycles, I keep the ammonia down below 1 ppm and nitrite to .5 ppm with water changes and have never had issues, I know its not the best way to cycle but it has worked for me and I actually havent started a new tank in years. It may prolong the cycle a bit but its much better for the fish to keep ammonia and nitrites down.
Not sure about the low PH thing, I can tellyou though the hobby has come a long way, I remember back in the 70's we hardly ever heaqrd of cycling and bacterias.
I have done some research online and there are entire sites dedicated to the nitrogen cycle that say "water changes during the cycle don't prolong the cycle since you are only changing a small amound of the water....it actually prolongs the cycle NOT to do water changes due to the excess ammonia displacing available oxygen in the water which the bacteria needs to grow" The next site will claim just the opposite lol.....I don't know what to believe.
Last edited by waters; 09-21-2012 at 02:12 PM..