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Old 03-30-2012, 04:57 AM   #1 
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Bare-bottom cycling

Get that image out of your mind...tsk,tsk.

I just want to know if or how I can cycle a 5 gal tank without substrate.

Also, I'm having trouble finding pure ammonia. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:09 AM   #2 
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You'd cycle it exactly the same way as a tank containing substrate. The majority of beneficial bacteria is going to colonise your filter. Not having substrate is going to have little effect on the cycling process.

I think the Boots brand ammonia is the one used overseas. Maybe try a hardware store or cheap grocery store to find a brand with no surfactants in it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:21 PM   #3 
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I didn't have that image until you told me to get it out of my head...thanks. :p

If ammonia fails, you can always use fishfood, but ammonia would definitely be better if you can get hold of it. :)
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:35 PM   #4 
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yeah ditto bombalurina, I was like what image, re-read title... huh? Ohhhhhhh! LOL. So essentially you've placed that image in our heads :) Sorry for the completely irrelevent post :D goodluck with your cycling (whilst baring ur bottom :) !
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