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post #1 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
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Quickest cycle ever!

Last month I got my wife african butterfly fish for her birthday (some may have noted my posting about this previously). I took one of my old filter sponges from my well established oscar tank, cut it into small pieces and put it in a submersible filter for biological filtration of a 20 gallon short tank filled with about 15 gallons of water (which is what the filter is rated for + it affords a low surface for the butterfly fish).

We started with only one butterfly fish for about a week then got another then a few more. I kept a close eye on the water parameters assuming I'd have ammonia spikes but I had none whatsoever. The tank appears as if it's been well established even though it's a new tank. The nitrites were slightly elevated for a few days but since then the ammonia = 0, nitrites = 0 and nitrates hover between 10-20.

It's just the swiftest cycle I've experienced. Those established sponges worked great!

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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3 of our 4 butterfly fish in our species tank.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 07:55 PM
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Yea sounds like what I did with my 20L, took the prefilter from my 36 gallon and threw it in next to the 20L filter intake and I think I maybe saw trace amounts of ammonia in the tank for the first week (too little to determine if it was at .25), this was with 1 gourami, 1 platy and 1 guppy in the 20L. If I ever have to start a new tank I will defiantly from here on out soak that prefilter for about 2 weeks and do an instant cycle.

Now if I could finally figure out my nitrate issue.......
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post #4 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 09:13 PM
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Those are some great looking fish! Did you have to special order them?

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post #5 of 7 Old 09-29-2010, 11:10 PM
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I like your butterfly fish. I have never seem ones like that before.A nice school of them must be very nice to watch swimming around.
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Those are some great looking fish! Did you have to special order them?
The lfs says they can order them any time and get them within a week or so.

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I like your butterfly fish. I have never seem ones like that before.A nice school of them must be very nice to watch swimming around.
They're very interesting, odd fish. They don't swim around all that much except at feeding time, just kind of hang from the surface stabilizing themselves with flicks of their tail fins.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-30-2010, 11:42 AM
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Very cool fish and tank. Moveing filter media is a wonderful way to start up a tank.

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