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Basic Cycling Info-discussion thread

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by msjinkzd, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. msjinkzd

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    Nice article. Thanks for the concise explanations.

    I am curious to know the effects of aquatic plants and driftwood on the Nitrogen cycle

    All my questions are in regards to fishless cycling.

    1. Should you start cycling the tank with the plants and the driftwood already in the tank ?

    2. Will the nitrite spike affect the plants in any way ?

    3. Is it more advantageous to introduce plants and /or driftwood midway through the cycle . i.e after the nitrite spike has subsided.

    4. Should you fertilize your plants using commercial fertilizers eg : Seachem flourish during the nitrogen cycle. If yes do the fertilizers affect the cycle in any way ?

    5. What amount of lighting should you be using in the tank during the cycling process ?
    If the addition of plants necessitates light... growth of algae could be a concern.

    6. What are the optimal temperature for the cycle to complete effectively.

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    see bold

     
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    Perfect. Thanks for the info. I plan on using some eco-complete as substrate. So I guess I should not worry about fertilizing the plants during the cycling phase.

    Thanks Again,
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    I have a situation that requires me to cycle my tank ASAP. I'm a pre-K teacher and we are establishing a 10 gallon tank. I have yet to add ammonia although a parent suggested placing a dead shrimp in the water. My dilema is that a parent brought me two blue gourami and I have no clue what to do with them. How can I get the water ready for them ASAP????
     
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    This is a link to the "freshwater cycling" thread on AC. http://www.aquariacentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=84598

    Also, if you know of anyone with an established tank who has some media they can let you see your tank with, that will rush things along a good bit.
     
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    I am going to venture to say that adding driftwood might have some impact on cycling. Driftwood typically lowers pH. Taken from http://www.skepticalaquarist.com/docs/nutrient/nitcyc.shtml


    With regard to water temp, taken from the same site
     
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    I would attempt to cycle the tank with Tetra SafeStart or try to find someone with some established "seeded" media. www.angelsplus.com sells a sponge filter that has been 'pre-seeded', I considered it sketchy at first but I have tested it twice and have had positive results both times.
     
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    Driftwood rarely affects pH unless you have tons of it in a small tank or are using soft woods.
     
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