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nat72sherman 03-09-2012 05:38 AM

Cycling with fishes
Hi all. I'm new to the hobby and I've been reading a bunch on this site as well as other sites. I'm confused about cycling with fishes. If I'm cycling with fishes and I don't care if the fish lives or dies, is it detrimental to the cycle if I do water changes?

Geomancer 03-09-2012 06:04 AM

Welcome to the forums....

...but that isn't a very good attitude to have going into this hobby o.O

Water changes do not hurt the cycle, but why use fish where there are numerous ways to achieve the same thing, and not harm any fish in the process? Using fish isn't any faster and can actually be slower (if Ammonia or Nitrite get too high it will stall the cycle).

I suggest you start with reading this:

Inga 03-09-2012 07:01 AM

Yes, Please remember you are talking about living creatures. I am sure THEY would prefer someone cares if they live or die and how much they suffer in the meantime. :(

Byron 03-09-2012 10:49 AM

I second geo and Inga. Death from poisoning by ammonia or nitrite as will occur during cycling is cruel.

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