Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Ya, with cycled media you don't need to really cycle and you can add fish right away. The bacteria we need on the filter media doubles in about 24hours, so even knocking it down a 3rd won't make a dent and it will reproduce fast. Its starting from zero to get a population of millions that takes a while. Starting from scratch, you have to go 1,2,4,8,16,32,64,128, etc. Its going to a while to get to a million with that happening each day. Say your population is at 3 million right now, you take a 1/3rd out, so you're down to 2 million, it can go up to 4 million in 24 hours.
20g platy, , 2 x 10g shrimp, 3 x 20g shrimp, 7.5g shrimp and 1 great dane/mastiff puppy.
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