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Originally Posted by coraekramer View Post
The water we used was from an established tank, so it wasn't new tank syndrome.

Just taking water from an established tank is not the same thing as cycling a tank. There is typically only a small quantity of the bacteria you need that is free-floating in the water column. It's all the surface areas that hold the bacteria. Moving filter media and/or objects can help much more than just the water, but even doing that is still not sufficient for a full cycle.
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