04-04-2010, 01:46 PM
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Fishless cycling is now the preferred method as it doesn't stress out fish. There are a number of methods but I will tell you what I plan to do. I will use one "cocktail shrimp" per 10 gallons of water. I will put these shrimp in a woman's nylon and sink it with a rock or cup or something to keep the sock down. The tank will already be set up with plants. I plan to use Seachem's Stability also for the first 7 days to help speed up the process. I will do ammonia, nitrites and nitrates test through the month to six weeks. At the end of one month, I'll remove the sock and shrimp.
The shrimp breaking down will put out the needed ammonia to cycle the tank plus other goodies, then fish will be added, maybe four at a time, if bigger fish, maybe only one or two, continually monitoring for ammonia, etc.