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post #4 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 07:08 PM
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You can't have any livestock in your tank during the cycle process, as ammonia would be far too strong.

So you'll likely need to remove excess ammonia by doing water changes.

Not everyone follows the daily water change method in the beginning. I don't and have never had problems. I just don't let ammonia get stronger than 4-5PPM in the tank. When it does, I swap all the water out. Occasionally through a cycle, I'll swap all the water out just to do it, though.

Search the forum a bit to see how others do it and pick what you think will work best for your situation.
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