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Old 03-29-2011, 01:17 PM   #1 
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Question Cycleing Neccesary?

Is cycling a fish tank necessary? I'm about to finish my divided 10 gal this weekend. I don't have live plants in it though....
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:22 PM   #2 
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You mean cycling before hand? Or just in general? Is it filtered? You can add the fish before it is cycled but you will have to stay up on water changing until the cycling is complete so the fish aren't harmed by ammonia or nitrite. I probably did a 50% water change every other day or every 3 days because I would test the water and the ammonia would be above an acceptable level. It lasted for about a month (yes kind of painful!). Once the tank has cycled the water changes can probably be 25% once a week. Thank goodness that is where I am now! Actually I did just set up another divided 10 Sunday so nevermind back to constant changing. Dang it! Lol!
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:12 PM   #3 
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I would say for anything bigger than 5 gallons, yes. How would you do weekly 50% and 100% water changes on a ten gallon? That is a LOT of water to carry around lol.
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Yeah my tank is filtered. And it is a 10 Gallon. Dang, is cycling hard? Does it create a lot of algae and such?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:13 AM   #5 
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The cycling doesn't create algae but if the tank is exposed to sunlight it can have it. Cycling isn't hard really. It's just a lot of water changes with a fish in. You don't want your fishie to get ammonia poisoning.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:27 AM   #6 
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Well no of course I don't. Is cycling hard?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:57 AM   #7 
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Cycling happens naturally because good bacteria builds in the gravel and filter media. So no not hard. The tank cycles itself. BUT harmful ammonia will build up if you don't change the water about 50% frequently. Ammonia turns into nitrite which eventually turns into nitrate.

You know your tank is cycled when your ammonia is 0 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm and nitrate 0-20 ppm. Low levels of nitrate are not harmful.

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Old 03-30-2011, 12:01 PM   #8 
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Okay thanks. I'll have to do that!
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No problem, let us know how everything goes.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:55 PM   #10 
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lol Yeah. I'll have to. I'll probably be asking for help along the way anyway. :P
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