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Starting my tank shortly.. Advice on cycling

Hi all,

I have the 18x18x18 mr.aqua cube. Eheim 2213 filter, four 23w cfl 6500k, eco complete, and I will receive my co2 system shortly.

In General, should I just add the substrate, rocks, and some plants and one or two "hardy fish" and let it run for a month to cycle it?

Any good guides or new methods of cycling?

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I have almost same set up except I have 2 t5ho bulbs. I'm doing dry start then adding stuff. You can also do a fish less cycle by adding ammonia. Good luck
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what does it mean dry start?

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fishless cycling is better, hopefully the user "diana" (well it's her name too i believe but) will show up and give you the lowdown. it doesn't hurt any fishes! any level of ammonia is harmful to fishes and thus fish-in cycling should be avoided if at all possible.
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Instead of using actual ammonia you can use fish food to kick start the cycle.

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Dry start is where you plant your plants prior to filling the tank. You keep the humidity high by saran wrapping the top and misting twice a day. You do this over a month or more. Certain plants like hemianthus Callitrichoides will grow better this way than planting them with a tank full of water(also others plants can't be done this way). If you plant in high enough density you may not even have to do a traditional cycle as you will have good bacteria growing and lots of plants to keep nitrites, ammonia low. I'm only on the dry part and haven't added any fish to see if it works or not.
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google 'fishless cycling guide' the third one down is quite good
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Instead of using actual ammonia you can use fish food to kick start the cycle.
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I use Seafood, a little chunk of scallops or shrimp goes a long way and it's a easy way to get the cycle going. Another option is wait for the tank to be loaded with plants and then just add one little thing( fish, shrimp, snail etc.) and keep an eye on ammonia, more often then not I get hitchhiker snails that cycle the aquarium for me.

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Beneficial bacteria products like Stability can also assist in jumpstarting your cycle.

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