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2.5 gallon nano. 56k warning!!! New pics 2/1

I decided to start this nano tank. It is a 2.5 gallon aqueon tank, with a Hagen Elite Mini filter. No substrate or plants as of yet, but I am gonna let this one cycle for a while. It has a piece of lava rock and a piece of mopani wood in it for now. No lighting or heater yet either. But soon.
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I've been doing a 2.5 nano, and having a lot of fun! What are you going to use for your ammonia source while you cycle?
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i would use some fish food throw some in and bam! wait.....and wait then test shouldnt take more then a week or a couple days


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In order to establish the colony of beneficial bacteria in that tank, you will need a food source for them. That food is ammonia. Ammonia is created by living organisms in the tank. Fish food will create SOME as it rots, but not much. You could just grab some cheap fish (zebra danio or something) and toss them in there. Additionally, if you have an existing tank up and running, put some of the filter media in this tank, or some of the substrate. It should contain enough bacteria to jumpstart the cycle.

Running the filter in an empty tank of water will not cycle the tank. There will be nothing to establish the colony of bacteria.


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depending on that drift wood and wether or not it has been soaked prior to remove the tannins it may provid enough seed matter to start the nitrogen cyle off just fine... in esscense that is. that peice of lava rock also has a ton of surface area for bacterial growth.
so just adding a few peices of fish food and letting it run for a week should be a good start.
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It will take a lot longer then a couple days. And you can do it without fish. Throw in a dead uncooked shrimp every few days, as mentioned fish food works well too. And clean it out and do a water change once the ammonia goes from high to nothing. And your good. That will take a few weeks. Smaller tanks also take longer.
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fishbreath, alias lauraleellbp, used 1 frozen shrimp cocktail to cycle her tank.
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Not sure what I am gonna use as an ammonia source yet. I am still letting the mopani wood leach a little more and I just added sand today. Still need to get a glass top and heater. After I do that, I will probably throw some blood worms in it to cycle a little faster. But I am not opposed to waiting a month either.
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No more bubbles.

I thought I would do a quick update. All the bubbles finally went away. And I figured out what I am gonna do to help it cycle. I did water changes today, so I took about 2 gallons out of it, and replaced it with water that I took out of my 20 gal. Hopefully that will work.
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I did water changes today, so I took about 2 gallons out of it, and replaced it with water that I took out of my 20 gal. Hopefully that will work.
You mave have moved some bacteria but bacteria prefers to live in the dark and on something.
Why not share some bacteria by getting media from that 20 and put it in the filter on this tank?
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Well, unfortunately, I am running an Aqua Clear 30 on my 20 gal. and I would have to take out a whole mess of stuff over to the 2.5 gal. due to the filter levels in the AC. But, if all else fails, I have a few guppy fry I can let live in there while it cycles. BTW, how would plants effect the cycle process?


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a lot of bacterial builds up in/on the substrate. if you put some substrate from another cycles tank in some panty hoes, and let it sit in the tank for a while, it'll allow the bacteria to spread into the new tank.
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So, finally got my first plant today. A bunch of flame moss, and a heater. On friday, going to finally get the glass top and probably some cheap fish to cycle it. I may just throw a guppy into it for a while, not like I don't have enough.
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You're off to a good start. I really like how you've put the flame moss on that rock.

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