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Hey, im starting up a 10 gallon tank. The guy at my local fish store said it is ok to buy fish after the tank has been running for 2 days. I came on here to read up and cycleing sounds alot safer. So far the tank has been running for about 24-30 hours. I filled the tank with tap water and added 10 drops of Prime. Im using a Penguin 100 Bio-Wheel power filter.
What is my next step to getting this tank ready for a few fish?
 

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Are you planning on using a bacteria starter when you add the fish or just letting the tank cycle on it's own? If you don't already have an API test kit, you probably should pick one up and test the water prior to adding the fish to see pH (will additionally affect fish selection).
 

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do a fishless cycle, add a pinch of fish food every day to the tank with no fish in it and test the water maybe once every other day, once ammonia and nitrite are at 0 with a nitrate level, then get a few fish. Its the safest, humanist, and easiest way. Use a liquid test kit and do water changes if the ammonia exceeds 5 ppm i think
 

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Padren said:
Bacteria starter?
its an "instant cycle" in a bottle. although the usefulness of which is highly debated. many believe that it just slows down the process, meaning that the cycle will just start when the effects of the chemical wear off. of course it will work for some, but its not the safest option.

to be safe, go with what musho said and good luck with your tank
 

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juliewiegand said:
Padren said:
Bacteria starter?
its an "instant cycle" in a bottle. although the usefulness of which is highly debated. many believe that it just slows down the process, meaning that the cycle will just start when the effects of the chemical wear off. of course it will work for some, but its not the safest option.

to be safe, go with what musho said and good luck with your tank
i dont think it would slow down, just maybe work or not work. I think the problem is overdosing where the bacteria breaks down ALL ammonia until there is no more to eat and then dies since they have no ammonia to feed off of. Thats why when i used mine i underdosed a bit.
 
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