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Dr_Shakalu
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How Many Fish To Cycle Tank?
« on: November 13, 2010, 09:34:58 PM »

Okay, I just received some extra money (thanks Mom) and will set up my 168 gallon tank with 2 FX5's and 1 110 HOB filter.  I am going to cycle my tank with goldfish feeders.  How many should I use and for how long shall I cycle the tank for?  Thanks in advance, The Doctor.
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Mindemae
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Re: How Many Fish To Cycle Tank?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 12:00:46 AM »

You can do a fishless cycling on your tank, just add some fish food once a day.
Usually cycling takes about a month or so.
BTW what kind of fish is your tank going to house?
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April
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Re: How Many Fish To Cycle Tank?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 01:48:13 AM »

Agreed, you don't need to use fish to do this. I've got a tank set up and cycling as we speak. I'm on week 2 almost starting 3 and the anticipation is awesome! I used a product designed to help with this process. There are many brands and they have tonnes of live necessary bacteria to help you establish the nitrogen cycle without putting live fish at risk. It could be up and running in under a month. There are also methods of adding pure ammonia NOT the one with soap in it! and if you know anyone with an established healthy tank, get them to give you a handful of gravel, put in a nylon sock and keep it wet until you are able to drop the sock in your tank. The fishless cycle will mean less water changes as the ammonia will spike as their waste builds in the filter. During that time you can add new live plants allowing them to get settled and thriving before adding your final selection of fish Cheesy All the best in your endeavour!

I'm using a local fish stores brand of live liquid bacteria by the name of Big Al's but there are others like Nutrafin Cycle.
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Nossie
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Re: How Many Fish To Cycle Tank?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010, 04:39:19 AM »

I would agree with the girls here Smiley It's much safer for your fish, and less work for you to cycle without fish Smiley
BUT, if you'd like to use feeder fish... I don't think that's a very good idea since they can carry unwanted disease |: So when you'd introduce your new fish, they may all get sick Undecided
So I say, if you want to cycle with fish, buy maybe two, in the case of goldfish, four in the case of small tropicals, but let your tank stand in peace for a week or two before introducing them! In the meantime, you can add fish food, shrimp pieces or some fish meat to the tank to get the cycle going! Smiley When you finally introduce the fish, remember to use some fluid bio filter booster! There are pretty many out there. Many on the forum are using a product called "Stability" I think it was by Seachem labs, and I was using "fluid bio filter medium" by easy life. And I believe both would be very good for your tank while cycling it Smiley
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Andrea
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Re: How Many Fish To Cycle Tank?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 05:33:22 AM »

Best not to come to a goldfish forum and say you are going to use goldfish to cycle a tank  Wink Especially when you don't have to do it and what would you plan to do with the goldfish when it's cycled?? Also who knows what disease they could bring? Even if you don't care about the goldfish well they could easily bring in disease and kill the fish that are going to live there in the future.

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Re: How Many Fish To Cycle Tank?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2010, 02:14:36 AM »

Exactly. Smiley
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