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post #1 of 7 Old 07-07-2012, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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as i mentioned in another thread i am starting out a 55g planted tank but am having some trouble. is there any chemicals i can use to kick start the process. i alot of people are against using them but i dont want to loose my plants and fish i already have. thanks in advance.
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as i mentioned in another thread i am starting out a 55g planted tank but am having some trouble. is there any chemicals i can use to kick start the process. i alot of people are against using them but i dont want to loose my plants and fish i already have. thanks in advance.
The best solution is to put in a lot of plants, especially fast-growing plants like stem plants. I used Cabomba, Wisteria, and Water Sprite. Others are
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The thing about plants is that they love taking in ammonia, but there should be a lot of them. Don't skimp on the plants. You could check your pH just to make sure it's over 6.0 just to cover all the bases, and watch the ammonia too.



If you haven't done so already, you should go into detail about the problem you're having. People might get a handle on it.


I used API StartRight to jumpstart a stalled cycle. I've heard some positive things about Tetra too. Follow the directions. Good luckk!


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post #3 of 7 Old 07-08-2012, 01:13 AM
Yep lots of live plants or either some mature media are the only real ways to kick start or skip the cycling process.

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Yep lots of live plants or either some mature media are the only real ways to kick start or skip the cycling process.
Oops! forgot the mature media. It really does the trick. But choose it with care - one of your own tanks is best.

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Seachem stability. I recommend this 100%! Follow the directions on the bottle and you can add fish right away. This will keep them safe as well as cycle your tank in one week!
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-08-2012, 10:39 AM
I've honestly never had issue with mature media from shops. Plants or media are how I start every tank. Its easy to skip the cycle completely. I generally add fish the same day I setup tanks and I've never had issues with ammonia or nitrite when I clone them. If you do it right mature media is pretty much an instant cycle.

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as i mentioned in another thread i am starting out a 55g planted tank but am having some trouble. is there any chemicals i can use to kick start the process. i alot of people are against using them but i dont want to loose my plants and fish i already have. thanks in advance.
Live plants is safest, as others have mentioned.

Without plants, seeding the tank with bacteria will shorten the cycling but not usually eliminate it. This depends upon the volume, fish load (species and numbers), and bacteria volume.

Live bacteria can come from other tanks or bacterial supplements. While others may have no issues with using gravel/filter media from a store or another aquarist, I would certainly not advise this. None of the stores around me are disease free. In my view, this is no different than quarantining new fish. It can be problem-free to not quarantine, but it only takes once to kill off fish. The risk is up to you.

Bacterial supplements that are 100% live bacteria do work. Seachem's Stability, Tetra's SafeStart, and Dr. Tim's One and Only are three I know that work. These are not instant cycle, although Dr. Hovanec does make that claim for his product, but they speed up the establishment of bacteria. Ammonia and nitrite can still be present, and this will harm fish if there are more than what the bacteria can handle in the water volume.

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