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Just cycled a tank with new aquasoil in 4 days!!

Cranked the temperature to 84 degrees and let about a pound of crypt wendtii green float at the top of the tank, did two 50 percent water changes and now the tank is cycled.
Pretty sweet.

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dont believe it cycled means fish in and sability takesz a while was your canister filter new?
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I believe you need to have fish in it and alive for several weeks and with ammonia level at 0 ppm. I would be cautious with your soil because the organic content may leak into the "system" after several weeks.
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set up is nice but u need to get some fish in there that u dont {i cant beleive im goin to say it} care about to get the filter working it should take 1 month at least
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no fish means no ammonia means to many nitrates means not cycled
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set up is nice but u need to get some fish in there that u dont {i cant beleive im goin to say it} care about to get the filter working it should take 1 month at least
1 month? i feel like that is way overkill... seachem's stability works pretty decent if you put like 2-3 fish in it and dose the whole bottle in a week. Will be completely cycled in about a week and a half
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Would be nice to see you do a fishless cycle instead of using fish. You end up with better karma.

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Would be nice to see you do a fishless cycle instead of using fish. You end up with better karma.

You really don't not need to put any fish in harms way to cycle the tank. Just need the tank water to age for a week or 2. Then, put couple of fish in there. Feed them lightly. The ammonia level will not reach to a dangerous level before the bacteria begins to colonize on the filter media. You just need time. The type of filter you use will also affect how fast the bacteria can grow. I personally prefer the wet/dry method.
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Wow....

No need to panic, the tank IS cycled.
I do not need to put fish in the tank, nor would I ever put fish in an uncycled tank and use them as an ammonia source when you can easily cycle a tank so so so many other ways.

Thank you both, they call me bruce, and tetra73, but aquasoil is full of ammonia, so no I don't need to put any fish in the tank.

also "no fish means no ammonia means to many nitrates means not cycled," makes no sense, no ammonia does not mean too many nitrated.
No ammonia, no nitrite does mean cycled, assuming there was ammonia in the first place.
I assume you guys don't know about aquasoil, believe me I'm sure its cycled, I've done fishless cycling with aquasoil many times, but its usually taken one to two weeks.

This time it was much faster because I cranked the temperature up very high, and all the crypts I left floating at the surface were covered in beneficial bacteria, and they soaked up lots of ammo and nitrite.
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You'll know its cycled if you are reading 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite and some nitrate. If they are all at 0, your plants most likely absorbed everything up.

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Ok, fully stock the tank tomorrow and report back in 2 weeks.
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no fish means no ammonia means to many nitrates means not cycled
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So the OP believes the filter media is fully colonized with bacteria in 4 days? I wouldn't even know where to begin...
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You'll know its cycled if you are reading 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite and some nitrate. If they are all at 0, your plants most likely absorbed everything up.
Agreed - what are your exact test results?
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It takes awhile to get going, my 5g had such a small biomass (fishless cycle) that it took 3 weeks to even register ammonia ect. I that is kind of an anomaly but it might not be registered yet, soo wait.
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