03-04-2008, 02:30 PM
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The next, and probably most important, item you need is a good liquid test kit. API seems to be a favorite. It is priced well and has most of the important tests you'll need for your tank.
A large tank can take anywhere from 2-12 weeks to cycle. Largely depending upon the size. yours should not take that long. By getting the test kit, you will be able to keep a log to watch the progress of your tank's cycle. Ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites are the key components to watch. You are using one of the "accelerated" methods by using seasoned gravel, water, filters, and such. Bacteria has already started to grow.
By keeping a journal of your tank's progress you will see a spike in ammonia , nitrates and nitrites. Your pH may also move around. You may have only a "mini" spike in ammonia, since you are using seasoned material. The tank is ready when the ammonia reaches zero. But, a word of caution. Do not immediately go out and try to stock the aquarium. Buy fish periodically and let the tank rebound until the full stocking compliment is achieved.