I've been reading here for a few weeks now and am currently doing a fishless cycle with ammonia in a recently acquired 55 gallon tank that I intend to become a planted community tank. Just the other day I read jetajockey's threads on seeded sponge filters from angelsplus, and I ordered one of those today in hopes that I might be able to have a few fish in the tank before Christmas. I can't complain about my cycle to date; ammonia is being converted with increasing speed, nitrites are sky high, and nitrates are climbing respectably. I am hoping the seeded filter will lead to a much faster conversion of nitrites than it appears is the usual case while awaiting bacteria proliferation. I'm retired, have had a couple of tanks in the past, including a saltwater years ago. I appreciate the wealth of information I see here, and the apparent general friendliness. We also are active with our dogs. The younger one is training for "versatility" (known until last January as Schutzhund). The older has that training and more, but is now arthritic enough that it is best she keep all four feet on the ground more often than has been her habit in the past. In addition to my husband and son, I also have a grandson & grand-daughter upon whom I dote, I hope appropriately.