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koolman56 10-09-2006 11:55 AM

Cycling Help!
 
Ok i bought a powerehead, gravel, artificial plants, activating carbon, driftwood, caves etc should i put all these items when cycling my tank(the tank is brand new) ;)
thank you for your help
Taylor
:)

Amphitrite 10-09-2006 12:07 PM

Re: Cycling Help!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by koolman56
Ok i bought a powerehead, gravel, artificial plants, activating carbon, driftwood, caves etc should i put all these items when cycling my tank(the tank is brand new) ;)
thank you for your help
Taylor
:)

Taylor,

Firstly,

1. What type of filter are you using, and

2. Are you cycling the tank with fish or with ammonia?

Don't add carbon to the filter - I only use this when I'm removing meds after a course of treatment. It won't serve any purpose whilst cycling.

Add the gravel and all the tank ornaments etc, as these will help hold beneficial bacteria.

Also, do you have a liquid testing kit yet?

You'll need to have tests for Ammonia, pH, Nitrite and Nitrate.

koolman56 10-09-2006 09:16 PM

2 filers actually

-1 is a power filter that is regent for 30-60 gallon aquariums(i know i only have 5 gals to spare so i bought another filter ;)

-the other is a biowheel for 15-30 galls

Ammonia

kk i wont ;)

i will ;)

and yes i have liquid test kits more like 3 for each thing ex. nitrate,nitrite,ph,iron,and ammonia(i bough only 1 pack of test srips when i dont want to waste the liquid(ps-i think ill use it for track my tank when making comments ;) )

thanks for the help!
taylor


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