2 Newbee Questions
Hello. I am planning on starting the cycling process for my first aquarium soon and would like to know if when you first dechlorinate the water should you not add a product that kills ammonia as well, since ammonia is needed to feed the bacteria?
Also, has anyone tried Dr. Tim's One & Only (beneficial bacteria). Is it a good product to add to help shorten the cycling process? (I don't have another tank that I can use gravel from)Thanks!!
If you are doing fishless method then dechlorinator is not needed but at the end you will need to dechlorinate the water before adding fish. Can't speak to the product you mentioned , haven't tried it.
1077 - Won't the chlorinated water kill all my good bacteria?
Dechlorinator won't kill off the good bacteria, it simply makes the water safe for the fish. Don't use an ammonia removing treatment as this will prevent your tank from cycling.
How are you planning on doing the fishless cycle, with ammonia?
Yes - I was thinking about ammonia. If I can find some without all the added "stuff"!
I only have a 5 gallon and I may put 1 male betta in there. I've also been interested in African Dwarf Frogs, too, but understand a high percentage of the ADF's sold in LFS's have the Chichrid (sp?) fungus. So I may just stick with a betta.
Honestly, the cycling part still has me a little bit intimidated !!
Don't sweat the cycling process. You did yourself a favor by choosing a fishless cycle, you're saving yourself a alot of water changes. Ammonia is a good way to go.
Here's a link I used when I cycled my tank, it's for a freshwater ammonia cycle....it's pretty straight forward and simple:
Fishless Cycling Made Easy
You do not want to add anything to remove the ammonia form your tank, then your tank will not cycle. The ammonia you need for your fishless cycle can be found at ACE Hardware, marketed under their own name.
Thanks everybody for your help! I think I am gonna take the plunge and order my heater, eco-complete and One & Only today. Wish me luck!!
Good luck, Amy!
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