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Old 05-07-2013, 09:32 AM   #1 
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Small cycled tanks unite!

You hear all the time that smaller tanks won't hold a cycle. My just under 3 gallon and 2.5 gallon are definitely cycled. But, I haven't had them for long.

Who else has smaller cycled tanks, and for how long has your cycle been stable? Heavily planted?

Let's see if we can shed some light on the issue!
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:16 AM   #2 
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I had a 1.8 gallon Tetra bowl (http://www.drsfostersmith.com/images...h-supplies.jpg) that had a very stable cycle. No plants though.

I kept it for about 4 months before upgrading to a 5 gallon, and now a 12 gallon Edge.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:57 PM   #3 
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Well, I guess it is just you and me in the Small & Cycled & Stable Club!
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #4 
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Started with a Fluval Spec V. Then a Spec II. Then another Spec II.
All fully planted.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:10 PM   #5 
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Well, I guess it is just you and me in the Small & Cycled & Stable Club!
three now! *toast*
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Old 05-08-2013, 04:48 AM   #6 
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Both of my 3g as well as my 2.5g hold stable cycles with just Anubias and mossballs---in other words, not planted tanks. I run sponge filters or internals with extra foam in the flow, just for peace-of-mind.

There are dozens of us running stable, cycled <5g tanks. Keep this thread open a while and we'll eventually check in.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:16 AM   #7 
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Yay!! I knew there were people out there with the same experience!
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:53 AM   #8 
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I have a cycled 4 gallon marineland classic. it's only planted and running a HOB filter with sponge media.

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Old 05-08-2013, 08:09 AM   #9 
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I have a 1.5 gal that is fully cycled and cycles jsut fine it is a npt though I guess for such a small tank it would be considered heavily planted but yeah more than 3 plants would do that, this tank amazes me the most of all my tanks it does have a whisper i3 filter as well as plants and always tests at 0-0-0 water is always crystal clear and so on, I have heard tales of how hard it is to get a small tank to cycle and well it is cycled and didnt take any extra effort
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:19 AM   #10 
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my 3 gallon has been cycled for, idk, maybe a month now. fingers crossed on it holding! it took me two months originally to get it cycled and then my filter died for a few days and the whole thing came apart posthaste, so this time not wanting to go through another two-month-long fish in cycle i dumped half a bottle of safestart in, and it seems to have evened things out. it's planted with a sponge filter rn, but i don't know that it would qualify as heavily planted yet.
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