Best way to cycle a tank

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I am trying to cycle a tank and I have heard many ways to do it. I have heard using filter media from other tanks. I have heard of adding a bunch of plants and just leaving it until you read no ammonia and no nitrites and I have heard of fish in cycling. I want to know which one is the best.
 
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My sponges sink, but are easily stirred up by water movement, you can always tie them down to the sponge filter, or wedge them in between the sponge filters' sponge and the base of the sponge filter.


I just said sponge a lot.
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Media from a cycled tank is the fastest.
 

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If you're starting from scratch, pure ammonia is the best way to go.
 
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Media from a cycled tank is the fastest.
can I just let it float in the tank. because I only have cycled media from a HOB filter and my tank that I am trying to cycle has a sponge filter.
 

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If you're starting from scratch, pure ammonia is the best way to go.
Though there has been a thought that the BB that pure ammonia creates is different from that which the ammonia from fish food/poop makes.
can I just let it float in the tank. because I only have cycled media from a HOB filter and my tank that I am trying to cycle has a sponge filter.
Make it touch the sponge filter and some sand, so that way they can spread onto the substrate and the filter.
 
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If you're starting from scratch, pure ammonia is the best way to go.
and do I just keep testing the water with it in there until I read no ammonia and no nitrites. Also how to I put the bacteria in there that can remove the ammonia. does it just get in there by its self?
Though there has been a thought that the BB that pure ammonia creates is different from that which the ammonia from fish food/poop makes.

Make it touch the sponge filter and some sand, so that way they can spread onto the substrate and the filter.
So I put sand in it so I moves the sand around that has the bacteria in it?
 

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The sand has bacteria in it too, everything with a surface has BB, but sand/gravel has a lot more potential for it to grow than a plant or something. So yes you can put some sandin to jump start it also, but the faster way would be media as it has more.
 
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The sand has bacteria in it too, everything with a surface has BB, but sand/gravel has a lot more potential for it to grow than a plant or something. So yes you can put some sand in to jump start it also, but the faster way would be media as it has more.
I don't have sand I have eco complete and won't the filter media float away from the sponge filter?
 

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Currently coin leaf anubias and a dwarf aquarium lilly
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Well what do you have for filter media, basically any substrate works, besides large stones.
 
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Well what do you have for filter media, basically any substrate works, besides large stones.
I have a sponge filter media that goes in my HOB filter
 

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Currently coin leaf anubias and a dwarf aquarium lilly
Tank #3 Start Date
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Tank #3 Temperature
68-72
Tank #3 Filter Type
built in, modded w/sponges
I have a sponge filter media that goes in my HOB filter
My sponges sink, but are easily stirred up by water movement, you can always tie them down to the sponge filter, or wedge them in between the sponge filters' sponge and the base of the sponge filter.


I just said sponge a lot.
 

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Easy? Kind of laughing at that one because in over 50 years of keeping aquatic life I have yet to find easy. Patience is all I have to offer.

Now to be serious. Cycling depends on how the tank is set up.

You said you are using eco complete. That was my first venture into planted tanks and it was the fastest to cycle. Since I intended it to be a shrimp tank, I use sponge filters, planted the eco complete, added drift wood, rocks and aged water from another tank for water changes and added some guppy fry to do a fish in cycle (the guppy fry did great and are now in the community). It took about 2 weeks before I added the first shrimp and the shrimp population grew in leaps and bounds, the water is crystal clear, plants are growing, and other than a major hydra outbreak, all is great. Besides the eco complete, which is seeded with bb, I think the main success was the sponge filters, plants and hardscaped since bb attaches to those more than the water itself.

One the other hand, I decided to go with dirted substrate in later tanks since I'm on a budget and couldn't afford eco complete. Those tanks seem to take forever to cycle even though everything else was the same as the first tank. In the end, the results were the same and the tanks are beautiful, just took a longer cycling time.

Just my experience.
 
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My sponges sink, but are easily stirred up by water movement, you can always tie them down to the sponge filter, or wedge them in between the sponge filters' sponge and the base of the sponge filter.


I just said sponge a lot.
ok thanks
 
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