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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-10-2005, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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what happens if you dont cylce
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A non-planted tank will always cycle or attempt to. What will happen is that your fish will die quickly or very soon. This is due to the buildup of ammonia and nitrite.
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yes, but will it aventually cycle?
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It depends. If you leave it alone it will cycle. If you wash the filter media in tap water, heavily vacuum the gravel and such it can take a very long time to cycle.

Are you having problems with a tank not cycling? If so provide the details and we can help you.
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the main issue with not cycling is that it provides undue stress/death to fish. it is so easy to cycle these days that you should just do it if you want to keep fish. When I setup my 100g minnow stock tank I didnt cycle it and noticed ammonia burns all over the fish within a week. wasn't fair to them regardless if there fate was in my Arowanas belly anyway!

you could set up your planted tank, put some fish filet in your substrate, wait a month and then add live fish. should be cycled by then. just isn't worth the death of fish as was normal in the old'n-days

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My 135g tank has been up for 8 months but the way it went down was I sold my old 55g and was forced to set up and transfer everything overnight. It has never really got clear. Some fish made it. I just can't seem to get it clear 8 months down the road. I wonder if it has cycled yet.
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you know if it is cycled based on the NH4, NO2, and NO3 readings.

If you have 0 NH4 and NO2, and have a reading of NO3, then it is cycled. 8 months it is cycled as long as you havent changed out the filter and scrubed down the glass all at once at some point recently.

The cloudiness could be other things.

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if you did not let the old filter media dryout or clean it then the sponge should have alot of natural goodies in it to "seed" the tank.
Yikes I just saw the 8 months thingy (LOL). I'll let the experts chip in from here.
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A planted tank may not ever show a "cycle" in the traditional sense. By that I mean you will see no ammonia readings or nitrite readings.

You say the water is cloudy. Is it green water algae? Put some water in a white bucket and see if it looks green.

If not then please post all tank parameters.
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