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how do you cycle a tank?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Equipment & Decor' started by Jaren117, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Jaren117

    Jaren117 Thread Starter New Member

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    How do you cycle a tank??
     
  2. MOD_Dawn

    MOD_Dawn Active Member

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  3. danilgarvin

    danilgarvin New Member

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    Once you put a fish in a small amount of water, the whole situation changes dramatically. If you don't do things properly, you'll poison the fish to death. What you are trying to do is create a mini environment for the fish to live in. Obviously it is never going to be as good as in the wild, but you have to strive to make it as safe and livable as possible.
     
  4. dwbarger

    dwbarger New Member

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    I have sponge filters in all my tanks but in my bigger tanks I keep an extra filter just for this purpose, when I setup a new tank i fill half the new tank with water from an established tank then fill the rest of the way with freshwater, then take one of the extra established filters from the old tank and wallah i have an established tank. been doin it for many many years and have never had any issues.
     
  5. Jaren117

    Jaren117 Thread Starter New Member

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  6. James0816

    James0816 New Member

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    Yep, always keep cycled media at the ready. You never know when that urge is gonna hit to set up another tank. ;)

    If starting from scratch, I personally like to use the large prawn shrimp.
     
  7. Jaren117

    Jaren117 Thread Starter New Member

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    what's a large prawn shrimp?
     
  8. James0816

    James0816 New Member

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    The big shrimp you find in fresh fishy section of your supermarket. That is, if your supermarket has a fresh seafood section. ;)
     
  9. FishVixen

    FishVixen Active Member

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    Jaren that is dead shrimp for a fishless cycle which is best to do.
     
  10. Jaren117

    Jaren117 Thread Starter New Member

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    ok and thanks so I bya dead shrimp to cycle a tank
     
  11. James0816

    James0816 New Member

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    Yep, get a large shrimp, place it in some nylons and then drop it in your tank. Then watch your water parms as the cycle begins.