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Cycling Poll: Fish or Fishless
Old 09-27-2012, 08:58 PM   #11
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I'm not that experienced so I'm all paranoid about the fish dying during the cycling....
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:20 AM   #12
I think the whole notion of 'cycling' is outdated and we need a paradigm shift.

The 'conventional wisdom' is we need to start a new tank with either pure ammonia, dead fish (or other decaying organic matter), or a couple of sacrificial fish.

But these days we can have nearly instant cycle. If we use plants (even floating) and media (or substrate) from a healthy established tank OR a bacteria in a bottle product, we effectively have conditions that support fish immediately rather than waiting the typical 6-8 weeks.

After all, who wants to setup a new fish tank and then wait two months to get any fish!

I know that bacteria in a bottle products have gotten 'bad press' because in the early days, like many things, they just weren't very good. But these products have come of age and it's time for us to rethink 'cycling'.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:39 AM   #13
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Amen, AbbeysDad ! Additionally, it's not a once and done process in any event. Healthy, consistent maintenance and good balance are the key to any successful aquarium.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:51 PM   #14
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I do a fish-in cycle. But like AD, it's time to rethink. I use some feeder guppies for fish, but I use the bacteria in a bottle to instant cycle. They provide the initial ammonia for the tank, and the bacteria is added, and it's cycled. I only lost 1 fish during the last tank start-up out more than a dozen fish. Unfortunately for the fish, they are still going to be food for other fish.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:27 PM   #15
Well I just moved my gold fish to a new 55 gallon tank and started to cycle it with some sacrificial goldfish, but my impatience won out and I ended up moving my gold fish over. I added some guppies to a tank that was already cycled. I lost none of my goldfish due to the water conditions, I did have one get attached by another goldfish. Now in the guppy tank I've already lost two of them. I have been check the levels in each tank a lot to make sure everything is ok. So far both have been, so why the loss in one tank but not the other.
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