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Old 01-22-2011, 08:17 PM   #1 
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Why do aquarium stores/kits say nothing about cycling?

Just wondering why I have never heard about cycling an aquarium before until i came on here, when i got my aquarium the people seemed VERY knowledgable, and they never mentioned it? They knew I was putting a single male betta in there and he had come from their store.

Note : it says 24 hours on the kit but im talking about the big big cylcing.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:32 PM   #2 
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Well if you are like me I never read manuals that come with anything I purchase, specially electronics. However I did read the small manual titled "Aquarium Setup Guide" that came with my Aqueon 14 gallon setup and they had a nice, accurate informative piece on cycling starting on page 20.
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Old 01-23-2011, 07:35 AM   #3 
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mainly because they want to sell the tanks and fish...
none of the employees would ever mention cycling either.
if ppl see its a lot of work they wont buy....
aquariums are still considered care-free pets.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:01 PM   #4 
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^ Yeah pretty much that.

My Aqueon came with a guide for cycling too though. Most people aren't worried enough about fish and see them as cheap, disposable $3 pets to be worried about cycling.
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Old 01-25-2011, 09:56 PM   #5 
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I was wondering the same thing! All the pet store said to me was that male bettas had to be separated, females could live together in groups of 3 or more, and to allow at least 1 gallon per fish. I was told I did NOT need a heater, and was told NOTHING about cycling. Neither the pamphlet I picked up at the store nor the instructions that came with my tank (and I did read them thoroughly) mentioned anything about cycling.

I agree with the above posters that many people would be turned off by the amount of work involved if they were told about cycling.
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:12 PM   #6 
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thats why my betta has inflamed gills because of amonia build up because my aquarium is 1 week old
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Old 01-26-2011, 05:01 PM   #7 
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TBH, I don't think most of them even know HOW to cycle.

I went to buy a betta at Petsmart once and an employee was giving a lady and her kid some totally off information about bettas and 'cycling'-that 'good bacteria' would grow on the gravel of their unfiltered one gallon bowl, so they should only do monthly water changes.
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