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Old 01-27-2013, 03:27 PM   #1 
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Cycling and Heaters

Quick question... When I cycle my tank, does the heater have to be in? Does the good bacteria grow better in warm water. Or can I just stick the heater in there just before I add the Betta?
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #2 
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Beneficial bacteria grows faster at a higher temperature. It will still grow in unheated tanks (otherwise my goldfish tank would not have cycled) but just at a slower rate.
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Old 01-27-2013, 03:44 PM   #3 
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Too low a temp can stall or slow your cycle. I always set my heater on 80 during cycling. You can even set it up higher in the 80s to help.
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:23 PM   #4 
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I would leave it on. Not only would it cycle faster, but you will be able to test your heater before adding the fish
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:25 AM   #5 
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