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fishfan4 07-30-2007 03:26 PM

cycle confusion
 
i know u can cycle a tank with gold fish for a month but is there any way to cycle a tank faster cuz i need mine up soon its a 20 gallon

PLECO 07-30-2007 03:54 PM

you can cycle a tank faster buy putting a peac of drift wood in and a fish or 2 and i think a plant 2 a few people have luck and cycle it this way in a week

fishfan4 07-30-2007 03:58 PM

thanks
 
thanks man but is there any other way plz tell me

Falina 07-30-2007 04:17 PM

Basically to cycle safely you should have a fishless cycle. ?Fish can be used but in my opinion it's cruel.

In either case the tank will take anywhere between a few weeks and a few months. Tospeed up the cycle read the link below:

http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=6335

The only other advice I can really give is to be patient. No matter how quickly you want it to cycle sometimes you just can't do anything to speed it up and you just have to wait. Adding fish beforehand will just kill them or make them ill, and disrupt the cycle making it take longer.

leifthebunny 07-30-2007 06:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PLECO
you can cycle a tank faster buy putting a peac of drift wood in and a fish or 2 and i think a plant 2 a few people have luck and cycle it this way in a week

I've cycled 8 tanks recently and have to say, driftwood was the fastest of the tanks. In under a week I was already up to nitrites decreasing and nitrates rising. For faster results, you can use NitroMax or similar bacteria seed. Just be aware, cycling is individual to each tank and even with identical setups, you will get differing results.

PLECO 07-30-2007 10:37 PM

hey nvm wut i siad about addin the fish if you do u are only sacrificin them 2 the tank. i would stick with drift would and u could even do the prawn method i think thats wut its called but unless u want 2 b mean and sacrifice the fish i wouldnet do it there r lots of ways to cycle the tank fast by useing cemical but i would stay away from em because people say they creat mini cycles in the tank and slow it down key thing is dont sacrafise the fish

Lupin 07-30-2007 10:41 PM

Re: cycle confusion
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by fishfan4
i know u can cycle a tank with gold fish for a month but is there any way to cycle a tank faster cuz i need mine up soon its a 20 gallon

Why did you choose goldfish? Goldfish will pretty much be all the fish you can have in a 20 gallons. Danios and platies are available.

mHeinitz57 07-31-2007 09:05 AM

if done right it isnt cruel at all to cycle a tank with fish in it. Just use the right fish and monitor parameters doing any needed water changes. If you use a small ammount of fish the bacteria will be able to colonize fast enough to stabilize ammonia and nitrites as they form...allowing a safe environment for the starter fish. However, you say you want to do it fast and the fastest I have ever heard of is using BioSpira by Marineland. Its a little harder to find but ive heard it can cycle a tank in as little as 48 hours. Another method would be just to get some used filter media from an established tank as it will already contain bacteria colonies. You will have to transfer the media in a way as to not harm the bacteria though.

fishfan4 07-31-2007 11:36 AM

thanks
 
hey thanks guys if i have any more questions ill ask


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