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post #1 of 4 Old 03-09-2012, 05:38 AM Thread Starter
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Cycling with fishes

Hi all. I'm new to the hobby and I've been reading a bunch on this site as well as other sites. I'm confused about cycling with fishes. If I'm cycling with fishes and I don't care if the fish lives or dies, is it detrimental to the cycle if I do water changes?
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post #2 of 4 Old 03-09-2012, 06:04 AM
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Welcome to the forums....

...but that isn't a very good attitude to have going into this hobby o.O

Water changes do not hurt the cycle, but why use fish where there are numerous ways to achieve the same thing, and not harm any fish in the process? Using fish isn't any faster and can actually be slower (if Ammonia or Nitrite get too high it will stall the cycle).

I suggest you start with reading this:
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-09-2012, 07:01 AM
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Yes, Please remember you are talking about living creatures. I am sure THEY would prefer someone cares if they live or die and how much they suffer in the meantime. :(

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi
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post #4 of 4 Old 03-09-2012, 10:49 AM
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I second geo and Inga. Death from poisoning by ammonia or nitrite as will occur during cycling is cruel.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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