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Author Topic: Preferred method of cycling  (Read 7393 times)
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« on: April 21, 2014, 09:40:52 AM »


Facebook Post of the Week: When it comes to cycling, do you prefer fishless, transferring a colony from another tank, fish in, bacteria in a bottle, or some other method?

rMiller: Transfer if possible. I like to have a cycled take ready when I want it ready. Of course if I didn't have that option, I would certainly do fishless.

Leezard: It's really only my QT tank that I have to worry about. I keep a HOB filter in my sump, so I have a fully colonized filter ready to go at all times.

TF: Have done all but the fishless. Personally, I prefer the bacteria in a bottle.

Ruthie: For new tanks, I'd use a bottle of ammonia and cycle that way. However, no use for a quarantine at the moment, but if I were to get new fish, then would use a colony from another tank

TruCelt: A this point I would just transfer some filter material from the big tank. I always stock low and slow, so I can't imagine ever really going through a major Cycle.

AJ: Transfer..or fishless if transfer wasnt an option.

Wheels on the Bus: TF, do you have a preferred brand?

TF: Yes. It's One and Only nitrifying bacteria by Dr. Tim's Aquatics. Lately the only place I've been able to find it is www.drsfostersmith.com

Aquagirl9000: I keep a small filter cartridge in my 90 gallon's HOB filter so I can always grab it and put it in the filter of my 10 gallon QT tank
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2014, 11:01:28 AM »

Fishless when I didn't have ready access to bacteria. Now I just keep extra filter material on my main tank and use that to seed new tanks.
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 08:45:55 PM »

If I was starting right from scratch with a first tank I would do fishless .. My first tank was done that way .
 Now that I have multiple tanks I transfer (seed)  a new tank with media from a well established tank , either by moving a filter or media.
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2014, 09:53:35 PM »

I have to ditto what Belinda said. Fishless, then transfer and start light and slow on stocking.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2014, 12:40:28 PM »

Iv only cycled a tank once in the last 10 years since i started =D, Always been able to transfer. I don't even own a test kit hehe  mumbles.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2014, 04:26:22 PM »

Shame on you Spuds! Setting bad examples for newbies lol...

I always transfer media and supplement with Tetra Safestart..Has never failed..In fact I have cycled several new tanks with Tetra Safestart alone without any problems..

The new wonder cycling product is Organic Aqua..Everybody I know who has used it swears by it...my LFS (multi award winners in the UK and Ireland recommend it for all brand new uncycled. setups)
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 08:00:45 PM »

Iv only cycled a tank once in the last 10 years since i started =D, Always been able to transfer. I don't even own a test kit hehe  mumbles.
You are lucky.
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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 09:15:53 PM »

Luck is nothing more than unrecognized skill  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2014, 01:45:41 AM »

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You are lucky.

I was only a kid when i started so had no idea what a 'cycle' was... there was a few tanks i should of cycled alright in the early days  Sad.
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2014, 10:06:46 PM »

Luck is nothing more than unrecognized skill  Wink
Sometimes luck is more than that in life.
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2014, 04:59:51 AM »

Yep just got a lotto ticket for tonight, so i hope i lucky. Then again i do have an unrecognized skill for picking lotto numbers  rofl.
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2014, 09:45:30 PM »

Yep just got a lotto ticket for tonight, so i hope i lucky. Then again i do have an unrecognized skill for picking lotto numbers  rofl.
I hope you win. Good Luck.
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