10-28-2010, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
Amanda is correct. Tanks have to be cycled, or if you have enough live plants, they cycle themselves with just a few fish at first. This is the easiest and safest method, so get lots of plants at the start. I usually set the tank yup one day, with plants, wood, etc. but no fish, get the filter and heater running, and leave it overnight to ensure there are no problems (heater and filter work, no leaks, etc). Then add a few fish (having used water conditioner the first day obviously). There is no benefit at all to using existing tank water, in fact quite the opposite as you will be introducing ammonia and perhaps other things without reason. Nitrifying bacteria live on surfaces covered by water, so moving over plants, wood, rocks or substrate from an existing tank (without washing these) would transfer bacteria. This is useful if fish are also being moved over the same day. But without a source of ammonia and nitrite (the food for the bacteria), they will die within several hours.
On the mix of distilled and tap, it depends upon the volume of water in the tank and the hardness of the tap water.
Are you saying you can cycle a tank in 1 day!? Serious? That sounds very convienient!
I am not doubting at all I am just making sure I read this correctly. So you can
cycle a tank in a day (or parts of 2 anyways)? Thanks!