09-27-2012, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by marshallsea
Either way can take as long. I have cycled two tanks with platys and it seems to shorten life span. I've had several fry born in an unycled tank and they never became sexually mature. Lots of live plants can make it easier on the fish.
Yeah, I know they can take the same amount of time, and I've heard the arguments for each. I'm curious as to the ratio of people who do one vs the other. I was in chat the other night, and someone had a question about cycling without fish, and everyone in there who spoke up used fish, which surprised me.
Originally Posted by Mikaila31
you forgot silent cycling. I either just use a bunch of plants or clone the tank with mature media. I'm too impatient for anything else. Especially when I need a tank to go from zero fish to pretty much fully stocked within a day. I've never managed a fishless cycle tbh I always screw it up somehow even if I use mature media.
I'm including silent cycling in fishless cycling, since it doesn't use fish. Fish in VS any cycling that doesn't involve fish.