How did y'all cycle your tank?

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I was just wondering how many ways there are to cycle a time for the first time. I'm about to set up a new tank and any advice would be helpful :)
 

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I used the classic fishless cycle system of putting in an ammonia source and just waiting. I used the fritz pro powder (wouldn't recommend for anything smaller than a 20 gallon though, learned that the hard way). Took about 4 weeks I think. The only challenge was I didn't do any water changes for a while (I thought it wold crash the cycle) and the nitrates got stupid high so I had to drain it I think it 4 or 5 times.
 

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I am going to forget some things so I would wait for other comments.
You can do a fish in cycle(usually with low stock), a fishless cycle using an ammonia source such as bottled ammonia, fish food, a piece of raw shrimp, stuff like that. In addition to having a fishless or fish in cycle you can seed the tank using bottled bacteria(some don't believe that it works) or existing media. Already cycled media is the best way though. Again I'm no guru on cycling so I would wait for more knowledgable people.
Edit: I did fish in cycling and to be honest I don't regret it. Most of the time its a lot more work though, but you don't have to mess with dosing ammonia.
 

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I believe there are 2 major ways: fishless cycle and fish in cycle. I recommend fishless cycle because your fish won't be affected with ammonia poisoning and etc if you do a fish in cycle. Add dechlorinated water into your tank and add an ammonia source: fish food, fish waste, etc. Your ammonia will rise and will not transfer to nitrates and nitrites because you don't have a BB. Takes a few days to weeks for them to grow. Cloudy water is a good sign.

*You can also jump start the process if you have a seeded filter from your old tank or someone who has an established tank.
 
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I was thinking about buying a safe start kit and doing a fishless cycle. Does anyone know how long it would take for it to cycle a 10 gallon tank? I'm thinking 2 ish weeks maybe?
 

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Hannah1064 said:
I was thinking about buying a safe start kit and doing a fishless cycle. Does anyone know how long it would take for it to cycle a 10 gallon tank? I'm thinking 2 ish weeks maybe?
Maybe a week for the first few BB to appear... it depends on the tank. Cloudy water is a sign that there is beneficial bacteria growth.
 

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Hannah1064 said:
I was thinking about buying a safe start kit and doing a fishless cycle. Does anyone know how long it would take for it to cycle a 10 gallon tank? I'm thinking 2 ish weeks maybe?
Well that depends. Usually I would expect at least 2 weeks, don't be too surprised if it takes 3-4 though.
 

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Fish-In. Transferred media, stocked lightly, kept up with water changes.
 

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Hannah1064 said:
I was thinking about buying a safe start kit and doing a fishless cycle. Does anyone know how long it would take for it to cycle a 10 gallon tank? I'm thinking 2 ish weeks maybe?
Mine took about 4. It depends on whether or not the bottled bacteria works for you.
 

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Fish store provided some old media for my filter. The female bn pleco i have was my very first fish in my uncycle tank.
 

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when i first got into fish i didnt know ant the nitrogen cycle so i did a fish in cycle with some goldfish, then i did research and by that point my tank was cycled so i was good! at that point i learned how to maintain that cycle
 
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If I did do a fish in cycle would guppies be an okay fish to do that with?
 

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Hannah1064 said:
If I did do a fish in cycle would guppies be an okay fish to do that with?
personally i wouldnt do a fish in cycle just bc its bad for the fish. but if i were to choose a fish for it i would do zebra danios or a goldfish. the ammonia and nitrites are toxic to the fish so id just recommend doing a fish out cycle
 
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idkausernamesoyeah said:
personally i wouldnt do a fish in cycle just bc its bad for the fish. but if i were to choose a fish for it i would do zebra danios or a goldfish. the ammonia and nitrites are toxic to the fish so id just recommend doing a fish out cycle
Okay, yeah I'm also worried about the effect it could have on the fish. I am almost positive that I'm going to do a fishless cycle but I was wondering.
 

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Hannah1064 said:
If I did do a fish in cycle would guppies be an okay fish to do that with?
Guppies would be fine, not my favorite fish for a few reasons but I cycled my tank with them successfully.
 
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Guppies would be fine, not my favorite fish for a few reasons but I cycled my tank with them successfully.
Is there something bad about them or is it just a personal preference?
 

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Is there something bad about them or is it just a personal preference?
This is just my opinion but a lot of them are more inbred; they're still pretty hardy but sometimes come with health issues. I guess that applies to a lot of fish but with guppies I think its more common. They are beautiful though.
 

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If you are going to do a fish cycle with a disposable fish you might as well as use feeders. They are ultra cheap and if you don't use them to cycle your tank they will end up in someone stomach.
 

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