A good fish for a cycling tank

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waltmillham

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I'm still learning & have a lot to learn, but it wasn't long ago at all that I had no clue about the importance of water chemistry or that new tanks need to cycle & how long that can take. I know Zebra Danios are considered to be fish that can make it through the cycle & survive, but my first aquarium was a Mini Bows 5 gallon & it had a Betta in there right from the get go. The first time I tested the water, it was nasty! Everything was high........especially nitrite & nitrate & the Betta was just fine. That fish could probably live in a septic tank. The Betta is stilll in there & doing just fine. Ofcourse, even that tank has good water now, but it sure didn't before....So correct me if I'm wrong, but I would suggest a Betta for a cycling tank.
 

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i think people prefer zebra danios because u can keep several of them in a tank but u can keep only one betta in a tank or else they will fight to death. think about a huge tank 75, 150 or 300 gallon....i think one betta is not enough to cycle these tanks.
 

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I remember from my first tank that i purchased 5 glowlight tetras the day after filling up the tank with water. THey thrived and are still very happy in my tank 6 months later. When i setup a 2nd tank i used a pair of convict cichlids, the levels wereso high but these fish are real little beasties and as tough as nails.

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Stephen
 

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first off, it is definately not suggested that you cycle your tank with fish, there are faster and better ways to cycle your tank, usiing filter media from a cycled tank is one of the best, I cycled my 20 gallon tank in 10days with that method, with fish, your tankwill take months to cycle, due to the daily water changes required, I made that mistake with my 10 gallon, it took 3 and half months to cycle with fish, if you're looking for the instant cycle, use bio-spira, using ammonia also works well, same with filter media, or gravel from a cycled tank
 

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i'd definately say don't cycle with fish, it is cruel, just be patient as i was with first tank, just used fish food. Second tank was easy as used filter material from first tank. So nasty watching a stressed fish die no matter how small!
 

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yeah, i agree, as i'm cycling my new 75 gallon tank now without any fish. i dunno, may be it will take a month or more to complete the cycle....
 
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