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Old 05-31-2010, 07:09 AM   #1 
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Not Cycle a 10 gallon?

Would that be ok? I don't cycle my 5 gallons. Could I just do the same thing with the 10? I am also wanting to get some females, would they do ok with this?
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:41 PM   #2 
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I wouldn't want to change that much water every week!!
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:06 PM   #3 
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I'm confused... I've always wondered what the point of cycling is because everybody on here has said that you still have to do just as many water changes if you cycle... :s
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Old 06-02-2010, 03:48 PM   #4 
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Yes, I would cycle a 10 gallon!! Especially if you are going to make a sorority!! I can't imagine having to take out 4+ females to do 100% WCs each week!!

small - you don't have to do as many WCs with cycled tanks. You need to do 100% WCs on uncycled tanks (i.e. 1 gallons every other day, 2.5 every 3 days, 5 gallons at least once a week etc.) but with cycled tanks you only do 20-50% changes once a week or so depending on the size. You don't have to wash everything out, rinse it, etc. and the water is a lot more stable for the fish. It is also a lot less stress for the fish since you don't have to take him out every other day.
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Old 06-02-2010, 03:54 PM   #5 
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Cant you use filter media from your 5 gallons in your 10 gallon to avoid having to cycle it?


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Old 06-03-2010, 09:33 AM   #6 
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Kuklachica is right, the reason for a cycled tank (among others) is to reduce the water changes. My 5 gal is cycled, and I tested the water two days ago and it was still very good. I did a water change anyways cause it's been over 2 weeks. Changed maybe a gallon of it. that's it. And really, i did it to vacuum the little bit of poop at the bottom.
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