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FishAddict 01-30-2013 05:49 PM

Cycling A Cold Water Tank - Question?
Hey Everyone,

I am currently cycling an aquarium which will be used to hatch rainbow trout eggs, these eggs are typically hatched around 10 C (50 F), so to achieve this temperature I am using an aquarium chiller.

My question is will the tank cycle quicker at room temperature or does it matter? The tank temperature is currently at 6 C (42 F) because I must acclimate the eggs which are currently in 2 C water.

Is beneficial bacterial growth affected by water temperature?


2Shi 01-30-2013 06:14 PM

The hotter the water, the faster it will cycle. Increased temperature speeds up the metabolism of the bacteria.

Virto 01-30-2013 06:32 PM

The bacteria reproduce quickly over 80F.

They're less effective at lower temps, but I see no reason not to cycle warm and then bring the temp down once it's complete.

FishAddict 01-30-2013 06:38 PM

Great, thanks for the advice. I'll turn the chiller off until the day before the eggs arrive.

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