cycling with fish food
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » cycling with fish food

cycling with fish food

This is a discussion on cycling with fish food within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Hi, I would like to start cycling my 2.5 gal aquarium (undergravel filter, heater) for my betta (lives in a 1.5 gal bowl for ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Black Ruby Barb
Black Ruby Barb
Eyespot Gourami
Eyespot Gourami
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
cycling with fish food
Old 01-14-2009, 03:57 PM   #1
 
cycling with fish food

Hi,

I would like to start cycling my 2.5 gal aquarium (undergravel filter, heater) for my betta (lives in a 1.5 gal bowl for now). If I wanted to use fish food as ammonia source, how much should I add and how often? I have never cycled an aquarium before, so I have no feeling for how much would be ok, yet. The shrimp method sounds too strong for this small tank, I would guess.

Thanks for your help
Antje
Antje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009, 04:11 PM   #2
 
Sj45's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Antje View Post
Hi,

I would like to start cycling my 2.5 gal aquarium (undergravel filter, heater) for my betta (lives in a 1.5 gal bowl for now). If I wanted to use fish food as ammonia source, how much should I add and how often? I have never cycled an aquarium before, so I have no feeling for how much would be ok, yet. The shrimp method sounds too strong for this small tank, I would guess.

Thanks for your help
Antje
Just use straight ammonia, simple and cheap...im sure you can't put all of it in, but you don't really need to worry too much about the amount.

Fish food could get expensive...not sure how much you'd have to use :/
Sj45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009, 04:29 PM   #3
 
I read, that it's sometimes difficult to find pure ammonia without perfume etc.. So, what should be listed as ingredient/s? Just ammonia?
Antje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009, 04:52 PM   #4
 
Sj45's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Antje View Post
I read, that it's sometimes difficult to find pure ammonia without perfume etc.. So, what should be listed as ingredient/s? Just ammonia?
I've honestly never cycled w/ pure ammonia :/ always with fish but i've heard it's much better. If you see Aunt Kymmie around, give her a personal message :) she's great.

Try This...

http://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/fr...ess-cycle.html

Last edited by Sj45; 01-14-2009 at 05:09 PM..
Sj45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2009, 05:05 PM   #5
 
Ok, I'll do that. Thanks!
Antje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 01:47 AM   #6
 
iamntbatman's Avatar
 
Just a small pinch a day, about the same amount you'd feed a small fish. Honestly, the shrimp method is the easiest as you don't have to remember to add anything to the tank. Just one small frozen shrimp to keep the cycle going is all you need. You can put it in a filter media bag or some pantyhose for easy removal once the tank is cycled.
iamntbatman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2009, 08:57 PM   #7
 
Ok, finally I found pure Ammonia at the ACE store, but I haven't had a chance yet to start the whole thing. I think, I'm still in need of an eye dropper or something like that to get the ammonia out of the bottle. Fortunately Dali is hanging in there and Amelie is doing fine, so I hope I'll get it going soon.
If I'm not getting along with the ammonia, I'll definitely go with the shrimp method.

Antje
Antje is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2009, 07:19 AM   #8
 
Tyyrlym's Avatar
 
The ammonia method will work just fine. There's a bit of maintenance to it but nothing ridiculous.
Tyyrlym is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fishless cycling with food stephanieleah Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 01-01-2010 12:34 PM
Fish Food Altohombre Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 2 01-24-2008 03:15 AM
cycling with fish that can be used for food? :-P rocksout4cheese Freshwater and Tropical Fish 1 11-28-2007 04:03 PM
Fish fry as food? lastadam Freshwater and Tropical Fish 2 11-15-2007 07:50 PM
feeding saltwater fish food to freshwater fish mistergoodstuf Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 7 09-09-2006 06:29 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:52 AM.