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Old 10-11-2011, 06:08 PM   #11 
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what is cycleing?!?!
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:15 AM   #12 
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I didn't actively cycle my 20 gallon at all. I just planted it pretty heavily to start with, and as the occasional plant died (as they will) I added more. My tank cycled on its own, with no help from me, though... I took my water in for testing just the other day for the first time since I set it up, and I had no ammonia or nitrite readings, though I did have a low nitrate reading (obviously not a problem lol)
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Old 10-16-2011, 02:46 PM   #13 
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This.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...m-cycle-47838/
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Old 10-16-2011, 11:15 PM   #14 
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I personally don't like fish in cycling. Too much of a chance something could happen to the fish. Too much ammonia or nitrites and even if the fish doesn't die, it can be permanently damaged. Not really worth being impatient to me. I'd rather wait the 4-6 weeks looking at an empty tank. But now I am good to go so I never have to cycle another tank. All I need to do is pull some filter media out of my main tank and place in the new tank...instant cycle!!!
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:45 AM   #15 
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Nubster, I agree. I would recommend that a beginner do a fishless cycle. That way you don't have to do as many water changes.
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Old 10-17-2011, 01:42 AM   #16 
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I agree with the above two posts. Please research "fishless cycling". Not only is it much easier, but it is kinder on the fish and will ensure their safety. During the cycling process Ammonia and Nitrites will spike high, and can stay that way for a prolonged period before Nitrates colonize. When cycling with fish you need to have a liquid test kit and test *at least* daily for Ammonia, Nitrites, and Nitrates. Once things start to spike daily water changes are necessary, but your fish will still be exposed to them and thus uncomfortable.

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