12-24-2008, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by iamntbatman
For some reason, many people at fish stores will tell you to let the tank run for 48 hours before adding fish. This really accomplishes nothing. To cycle a tank, you need an ammonia source and a good liquid test kit as well as plenty of patience. It can take two to eight weeks to cycle an aquarium.
I agree...I learned the hard way about cycling a tank, I let it run for 3 full days, like the LFS said, and I was a rookie and killed about $75 worth of fish, then when I tried to take the store up on it's return policy, they said "sorry"! Because they said the levels were all over the place!!! I would listen to batman and read that, cycle for maybe a month or so