12-27-2012, 07:45 PM
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The last time I did a fishless cycle (I had previously always cycled with fish, I am heartless) I added a bunch of live plants. the filter from an establish tank, nylons filled with substrate from an established tank, and a bottle of colony bacteria. The cycle was instant and I added fish the next day, puffers, which are really picky about water conditions.
Sorry, I don't know anything about fishless cycling with ammonia. But welcome to the forum! Good luck with your tank, and kudos for attempting a fishless cycle. I plan on only doing fishless cycles in the future, as cycling with established media is so much faster (and of course better for the fish)