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Fishless cycle - where do the bacteria come from?

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I want to do a fishless cycle when I setup my tank again in a few weeks. I have read the tutorial on this site and understand how it works, but if you don't use any bacteria-in-a-bottle products or established filter media, where does the bacteria come from?
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Ok thanks. I had only used bacteria-in-a-bottle before so I didn't know.
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Hi,

I want to do a fishless cycle when I setup my tank again in a few weeks. I have read the tutorial on this site and understand how it works, but if you don't use any bacteria-in-a-bottle products or established filter media, where does the bacteria come from?
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A blue stork brings it! Lol but from what I read the air around us


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a lot of it comes from the plants.
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Magic. Storks. You guys are too much. Every knows that the bacteria is brought to a tank by little purple people eaters on days that end in "Y".

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The bacteria that are the active elements in the nitrogen cycle are all around us. They live in the soil, and on many surfaces that meet their needs.
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