Fastest cycling to date?

What's the fastest you've ever cycled?

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armadillo
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HI everyone. I was wondering what your fastest cycle had been to date. Could you indicate what method you used, and the tanks's volume?

For me, it's 13d for a 39G.

Method = fishless. Used a cycling pill that came with the aquarium (Ferplast), loads of food, established filter media and a handful of established gravel. I don't think it's anything to do with the pill as I was supposed to drop a second one in after a week, but didnt'.
 
tan.b
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mine was setting up my 45 gal. I used the complete filter from the 28 gal (and put the new one in the 28gal) and some gravel from the 28 gal and plants from each tank and some decors and 50% of the water from other tanks. I had a slight ammonia spike on about day 2, then gone again by day 3. kept monitoring and all was absolutely fine. nitrate was present straight away, but this was because the water I poured in from the other tanks had nitrate in!! the tank I took the filter from remained stable despite having a new filter in. my theory on relying on the bacteria in the gravel worked. I would def do this way of fast cycling again.
 
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armadillo
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So no nitrites or ammonia beyond day 2. Wow! Now that is fast. No chemical help, I take it (am not a great believer in that either)?
 
jayfl234
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Mine was 23 days I started out using pure ammonia and I then added bio-spira. I also fishless cycled the tank which was a 29 gallon tank
 
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armadillo
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This is how long it took some of mine to cycle:

6G = 24d with fish and Prime, no chemical help
13G = 16d with fish and Prime and Tetra SafeStart
39G = 13d fishless with food and 1/2 recommended cycle pill amount (came with aquarium) and some established gravel (handful) + used filter medium.
 
Bill
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My 160L tank took approximately 6 days to cycle, using a piece of cloth that had been left in our BiOrb for 3 days to help seed the filter. I also added Stress Zyme, but I've no idea of it really made any difference
 
voiceless_kat
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Ha, Ha, well for fun, I have you all beat..........I started cycling one tank on June 18th and it is still not cycled. I can laugh now since I found some Bio Spira and bought a larger tank to boot, so will probably start that tank up Sat or Sun.
 
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armadillo
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StressZyme doesn't claI'm to help cycling I think, but I could be wrong, so am guessing it's your piece of cloth.

6 days! Wow!
Bill said:
My 160L tank took approximately 6 days to cycle, using a piece of cloth that had been left in our BiOrb for 3 days to help seed the filter. I also added Stress Zyme, but I've no idea of it really made any difference
 
lilsoccakid
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my 20 gallon has been cycling since the first week in july. its almost done, but wow I can't belive it took so long!
 
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armadillo
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I knoooooow. Not nice, is it, that wait... : Courage, you're nearly there!
 
Dasha
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My 33 gallon just finished cycling in 19 days. cycled with 4 red eye tetras.
 
Gwenz
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I cycled my 7.5gall in 6 days. I used pure ammonia and had some gravel from the tank that was already cycled under the new gravel in the 7.5gall.

Gwenz
 
Xtreme_B
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I just got done setting up my 55 gallon tank.I took the bio filter from my 29 gallon and put it in and added some stress zyme.Now that I read your posts about taking plants,deco and gravel from the other tank,I will do that too.I just cleaned my 29 gallon,should have taken the water from it too.We'll see how long it takes for it to cycle.How often do I need to check the levels and do I need to check right away after setting it up?
 
Cody
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I think one its tank size and if the person used pre cycled water or gravel...or if they just said it was cycled...in ther minds :;z
 
Tom
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For my ten gallon it was about a day or two and everything was fine. I just had added a useed filter cartrige from one of my other tanks.
Tom
 
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armadillo
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But how do you know you're cycled after a day or two? I mean, after a day or two, I always get a'nia 0 n'ite 0 n'ate something. Ammonia then builds up and about 1 to 2 weeks later normally, a'nia then n'ites peak.
 
Cody
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armadillo said:
But how do you know you're cycled after a day or two? I mean, after a day or two, I always get a'nia 0 n'ite 0 n'ate something. Ammonia then builds up and about 1 to 2 weeks later normally, a'nia then n'ites peak.
I agree I remember when I set my 20 gallon up and I had the water tested the next day it was perfect...I believe everthing has to peak and then calm down..that's what a cycle is isn't it....later fish keeping buddies ..... :;z
 
Tom
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armadillo said:
But how do you know you're cycled after a day or two? I mean, after a day or two, I always get a'nia 0 n'ite 0 n'ate something. Ammonia then builds up and about 1 to 2 weeks later normally, a'nia then n'ites peak.
I just moniter the readings over the period of a few days.
Tom
 
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armadillo
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But so you got the ammonia/nitrite reading at some stage?
 
Tom
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Ya.
Tom
 
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armadillo
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So in the first day, a'nia and n'ite, then just n'ates from day 2?

Reason I ask is that am cycling a tank right now using the whole filter from an established tank (not just filter media), I've seeded it with a bag of gravel from another established tank, AND I've used Tetra StartRight (kinda like Bio Spira). So am thinking, if I only read nitrates when I get home, I won't know whether am waitinig for my cycle to start, or wehther it's been and gone .
 
Tom
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At the beginning of the first day(a few hours in) there is some ammonia. At the end of the first day, there were quite a bit of nitrites and a little ammonia. By the middle of day 2, there was no ammonia, very little nitrite, and some nitrate. Or at least that is what my tank experienced, it can very depending in a few things.
Tom
 
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armadillo
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Wow, you're lucky. At the beginning of the first week, for me, there's no a'nia/n'ite.
 
Tom
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But like I said, it just depends on a few things like, how big the bioload of all the fish in the previous tank(the one you took the filter piece from), and how well the water in the older tank was doing since it had been set-up.
Tom
 

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