Cycling a Fish Tank

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evila727 created the topic: Cycling a Fish Tank

Do I start the nitrate cycle with the decor and stuff in there or do I add the decor after the cycle?
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docryma replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

Just set up your tank like how you would like it once your oscars are ready to be introduced. I don't think it will hurt. If anything it will give your tank more surface area for bacteria to cling to. Happy cycling, i just finished mine :P

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

I dont think it will make a difference

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Vbaby replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

i would pesonally say setup the tank like u want it and then start adding water to start cycling.

its not such a great job hanging over a full tank trying to place plants,rocks,gravel ect.

plants also help with cycling a tank but be aware that once yr O's grow up there is a good possibality that they will eat all yr plants.

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Sunks replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

Ok. I am purchasing a new tank and what is the proper way to cycle it?

I set it up. Fill it with water then what? Does there need to be fish in it to cycle it, or do I just let it run empty? Do I move the fish over after the levels have all dropped out?

If I do put fish in it to cycle it... what fish do I use? And why is it OK to put those fish in the tank when cycling. I don't know, I guess I am a bit confused with this while thing.

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Vbaby replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

here is a link that will tell u in detail how to cycle yr tank
www.oscarfishlover.com/content/view/26/59/

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Sunks replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

Thank you.

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

fish waste is ammonia (humans produce it too- its what makes pee smell). In a cycled tank good bacteria in your filter turn this into nitrite. Other bacteria turn this into nitrate. Ammonia and nitrite are toxic to fish, nitrate is less so in low levels. Some fish are more sensitive to ammonia and nitrite than others, osacars dont do well in ammonia and nitrite

When starting a new tank it takes a while for the bacteria to grow in your filter to turn ammonia into nitrite into nitrate. Thus is call cycling. So you need to get your filter running nicely with a good load of bacteria to turn the ammonia into nitrite then into nitrate and to do this you need a source of ammonia. You can either add something like stress zyme or you can put fish in that are not sensitive to ammonia and nitrite, like danios for example. You then test your water and once ammonia and nitrite are zero you can add oscars. However you will then be left with deciding what to do with the danios or they will eventually become food for you oscar

You reduce nitrate by doing water changes

An alternative way to cycle a tank is to get some filter media (the little rocks or hollow tubes) from another filter that is cycled and put it in your filter at the same time as adding your oscars, if you get enough media your tank will be almost instantly cycled

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Sunks replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

Yeah I was going to ask. I have 30 gallon community tank (with a 75 gallon bio filter). The bio filter on my community tank uses to media... I will call them packs? If I take one of the media packs and put it in my new filter will it speed up the cycle?

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delboybully replied the topic: Re:Cycling a Fish Tank

Yes definitely. But you have to transfer the packs at the same time as you add the new fish. If you put the pack in the new filter without any fish (ammonia source) the bacteria will start to die off. Also dont forget to put a new pack in to replace the old one.

Keep testing both tanks for ammonia and nitrite and nitrate. The old one to make sure the rest of the filter takes up the slack and the new tank to see how well it is cycling

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