Originally Posted by Scienceluvr8
Haha, oh wow, how long has it been like that? Yeah, I never wanted to do the "fish" method of cycling, seems to risky, and as it being my first time, I don't want to put any fish in jeporady. Just a question, when trying to cycle with fish food how many days will pass until my tank shows an increase in ammonia?
Drop three pinches of food in there the first day. Every day after that throw in like two flakes(pinches them so they becomes really small). Keep doing this until you see the water getting cloudy(white).
Once it gets white and ckoudy start testing every day(don't test the day it gets cloudy or the day after). Once it is cloudy drop a signle flake, again crushed up, into the tank. This should be efficent for a 5 gallon. Don't btoehr with water changes either.
Once the levels are stable do a 50% water change and gravel up most of the fish food. After that add the fish and they will create the bip needed for the bacteria
This is atleast how I do it if I am not using a fish. Remember if you want this to be faster plants help greatly with cycling and overall quality of the tank, they are just an annoyance to maintain(plants can need as much care as the darn fish at time s>_<)