Originally Posted by tumtum
Okay I am going to cycle my ten gallon so i can start a Sorority. I just picked up the API master freshwater test kit from petco. That should have everything I need right? I still havnt gotten ammonia but Ill probaly head to a dollar store tonight. I think what im doing is going to be a fishless cycle? I really have no idea what im doing so if anyone could give me step by step instructions on how to cycle or a link to a website with good isntructions that would really help. The heater and all the dec be in it while Im cycling? Also if I am not going to get a filter how often would I need to do water changes?
I might be wrong but I think you only need to change the water in a fishless cycle when the ammonia gets too high for the bacteria to live. like .4/4 ppm or .35/3.5ppm. Other than that you just dose the tank and leave it. =]
I'd recommend keeping the heater in there while it cycles and turning the heater up to 83-85 so that the bacteria will be warmer and grow faster! =]
I wanted to start cycling sooner but stuff keeps getting in the way. >=/ GRR!
Also here's a good page to reference: http://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm