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Old 05-26-2010, 06:07 PM   #1 
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Cycling Process

How long does it take to cycle a tank? We're moving to a bigger apartment this Sunday ( sooner than we expected haha) and after we have the apartment set up and what not me and my mom are going to buy a new tank ( 20 gallons and up) But I wanted to know how long does the cycling process take? Also check out my other thread in the compability section. Thanks
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Old 05-26-2010, 08:33 PM   #2 
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Do you have materials from an older tank? to "seed" the new one?? That will speed things up.

It can take a couple of weeks.

There are stickies on cycling on the forum that should help you.
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I don't have materials from older tanks unfortunately.
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:07 AM   #4 
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http://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm this'll give you the info you need. The BEST way to do it is with a bottle of pure ammonia. It can take 6-8 weeks to be ready. Make sure you have a good amount of substrate and run the filter so that the bacteria has lots of place to live in.
Don't do it with a fish in, it's cruel.
There are products, that's what I use, but some people don't like it.
The most important thing about cycling, get a water test kit first, and test the water EVERY DAY, log the results EVERY TIME. Once everything stays at zero and is stable, then add the fish.
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