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derpmeister 07-29-2010 11:24 AM

Which cycling method should I choose??
I have a soon-to-be 10 gallon cory cat/betta tank. It's been running for about 2 weeks without anything in it because I can't decide how to cycle it.

I don't think I should use fish to cycle because I know corys are sensitive to water parameters, but they would need to be added before the betta so I can't cycle the tank with the betta.

I have been looking for pure ammonia but no dice so far-- apparently it's on a "government watch list" or something. :(

I'm a little hesitant about throwing cocktail shrimp or fish food in there because I heard it can be very messy and gross, and can even introduce harmful bacteria into the tank!

I don't have access to a healthy tank to seed my tank with.

I'm sort of at a loss--- what should I do?

mjbn 07-29-2010 11:42 AM

Shrimp... Put it in a nylon stocking or like i did.. put it in a ziplock bag and slit little holes along the sides of the baggy so wter can get in andd out but not big enoug hthat the shrimp will fall out. Suggest the nylon though.

derpmeister 07-29-2010 11:53 AM

Okay, I will probably do that.

I was wondering if it will stink up my whole room though? Or if fungus will grow in my tank or something gross like that?

Sorry, I am very new to fishless cycling.

mjbn 07-29-2010 11:56 AM

It will stink only when you remove the shrimp. My suggestion is to have a ziplock bag ready when you remove the shrimp so you can just pick up the nylon and bag it and zip it up to conceal the smell. And with the nylon, a whiteish gunk will form around the outside of the nylong where the shrimp is. just dont move the nylon around so the white stuff will stay on the nylon. it will stay attached unless moved.

LisaC144 07-29-2010 12:10 PM

Will this tank be planted with live plants?

kuklachica 07-29-2010 12:16 PM

ACE Brand ammonia is safe. This is what I used. Or you can get this that is already in a convenient little dropper bottle. Much cleaner than using a dropper in a huge bottle of ammonia or using icky shrimp. I would have used this had I known about it at the time.

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