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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-18-2008, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
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Is there a "Cycling" site for "New Hobbyist"?

Is there a user friendly/remedial site or link where people who are just starting out can go to be introduced to the concept and process of cycling a new tank. I just explained it to someone today and they looked at me like they were in shock . Please let me know so we can all help new hobbyist out please . Thank you.

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I'd suggest joining SCAPE.
In person, folks can help you far more, 10X easier about all things plant or cycling.

This is a plant site.
We use plants to "cycle"

Plants use the waste directly, by passing the whole bacteria cycle.
Plants also come in with pre loaded bacteria on the roots and surfaces.
This helps to jump start things. So no real cycle is ever seen with test kits.

The thing I used as kid working at a fish store was "mulm". I'd clean out a tank, then re set it back up and add some dirty sponge flith from another established tank, or some of the detritus from the sediment.

This seeded the new tank and we never had issues.

You can also simply do more water changes for the first 1-2 months, say 2x a week 50%.

Then you can also use zeolite/Ammo remover, which will last about 1-2 months, about the same time it takes for tanks to "cycle".

So bio(Plants and bacteria, adding mulm), mechanical(water changes) and chemical methods(zeolite) can resolve cycling issues.
No need to dump ammonia in your tank

No need to test either(will not hurt to do so though).

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My website (below) has a write up on cycling intended for the beginner.
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