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Cycling a new tank

i am hopefully starting a new 15g tank on the weekend and was wondering what the best way to cycle the tank is. Some ppl say go fishless some say dont in a planted?? Also if fishless is a good idea where can i get some pure ammonia??
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i am hopefully starting a new 15g tank on the weekend and was wondering what the best way to cycle the tank is. Some ppl say go fishless some say dont in a planted?? Also if fishless is a good idea where can i get some pure ammonia??
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I still believe in cycling-even if it was for a couple days. From experience adding fish before my plants were established just caused more of an algae problem for me. Make sure you have good light, good CO2, and some ferts. Depending on how quickly your plants take hold, then you can ad ferts.
I would not bother with the ammonia personally.


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you can get ammonia at wally world or any grocery store. Usually by the cleaning stuff.
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I tried jumping the gun many times and ended up biting the bullet each time. If you do a planted tank you can just cycle for week. Your success will vary depending on your bioload. I would stock light and go only with algae eaters after the first week.

I added regular fish too. The bioload was too high and led to major algae outbreaks, green water, and then bacterial and parasite outbreaks.
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I hear what you all are saying about cycling a tank. However what if all of your filters are coing off of an already cycled tank? Does that change things? Does it make it any easier or quicker to add fish to it?

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I hear what you all are saying about cycling a tank. However what if all of your filters are coing off of an already cycled tank? Does that change things? Does it make it any easier or quicker to add fish to it?

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That will speed things up quite a bit, as long as they are coming straight off the established tank and haven't sat around letting all the bacteria die.

On a brand new tank/hardware/etc, I just plant lots of fast growing plants, let them settle in for a couple few weeks, add one otto per 10 gallons, let them settle in a few weeks with no (added) food, then add about one fish per 5 gallons. After that I'm set. ymmv
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Yes, these filters would come right off an already established tank and onto this new tank. If I do not put fish in this tank fairly soon after set-up, wouldn't I lose all the beneficial bacteria and basically be starting all over?
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well, all you would have to do is add a bit of waste from the other tank every day, to keep the bacteria fed.

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