Today's the day I'm finally getting my 10 gallon set up and cycling! So excited to get my sorority up and running!! But now I have a few silly cycling questions just to make sure I do this right.
1) I am going to use some substrate from my established 5.5 gallon to make things go a bit faster. Are there any fish I could put in to speed things up as well? I would remove them later and put the girls in. I thought I had read about people using certain fish to jump-start their cycles?
2) Cycling with live plants... good idea? Bad idea? How about a moss ball? My goal is to have everything in there and set, let the cycle establish, and then put my girls in and let it be (no more rearranging if possible). If I can put live plants in today, when I start my cycling, that is most convenient for me.
3) Driftwood... I'm putting some in, and I sorta like the idea of the tannins in my tank from it. But is that going to mess with establishing my cycle? Are they all going to leech out and not be there for my girls by the time the cycle stabilizes? In other words... should I just let the tannins soak out for a few days before putting the wood in, or is it alright to just boil the wood to kill anything on it and cycle with the tannins?
4) I'm going to have to cycle for a few days without a heater, until mine arrives from Amazon. Is that going to be a problem?
I think that's all the questions I have for the moment. If I think of more, I'll post them here!