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Thank you for helping with my questions regarding the fishless cycle! I really appreciate it!
I don't want to post another stupid sounding question, so I hope you don't mind me asking you this directly. My main question is this: Once I do the big water change how long should I wait to add my fish. Is it immediately after (assuming that the temperature is appropriate), 12 hours, 24 hours...? I ask this because I avoid doing huge water changes because of the adverse effect it can have on the fish, so to me adding fish after such a big water change goes against my nature. But, if I do a huge water change after a fishless cycle am I supposed to add fish soon after so that the benefical bacteria doesn't die off? I know that if I'm not adding anymore ammonia, the beneficial bacterial will start to die off. Thus why I'm concerned about my timing in adding fish to the tank.
Thank you again for your help. I'm sorry for these silly and paranoid sounding questions.