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PostSubject: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:33 pm

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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:37 pm

Depends on tank size, what fish, etc. Only add less than 3 fish at a time when putting in fish. Don't want to overstock too soon.

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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Fri Feb 01, 2008 11:44 pm

It can vary quite considerably but anywhere bewteen 3 and 8 weeks. The average being about 4 weeks. In cold water it can take longer, in warm water it will take less time as the bacteria grows faster under warmer conditions.
You also have to make sure the ammonia levels don't get too high otherwise the bacteria wil stop converting it to nitrite and the process will stall.
Live plants can help speed the process as can bacterial supplements, which some people think work and others think are a waste of money.
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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 3:41 pm

Yes, I agree. Also, some fish, such as barbs, will destroy your plants. Plants also cause a mess sometimes, so be wary of how you use them.

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:52 pm

no worries there, i dont have live plants.
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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:29 am

Ever consider having some?

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Sun Feb 03, 2008 10:22 am

Oh yes. Thats all i am saving up for a while. I want to slowly replace the plastice ones. Except the plastic rocks, the Pleco loves them. I even want to put in a cave!

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PostSubject: Re: How long does it take to cycle your tank with fish?   Sun Feb 03, 2008 2:14 pm

In a ten gallon tank, your options are pretty limited. Maybe you could upgrade to a 20 Gallon Long and you could have twice as much power.

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55 Gallon: A lot of little fish
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