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Stupid question but, how long for a tank to cycle.

This may be a stupid question but anyway.......
How long does it normally take for a tank to complete the cycle?

My tank is 3 weeks old and I could resist adding some fish early.
It is a 450GL fully planted with huge size sump loaded with bio-ball and fiber mats.
There is already 100 small tetras.
I just lost 2 more fish last night and wondering if it is because the tank is not fully cycled. Most of the fish appear well and the water seemed to be clear.

I have no NH3 test at hand but NO2 was 0.2 and NO3 was 5 ppm last week.
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there'snot really a specific time but u can speed the process by adding plants and something like feeder fish to it
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I would just continue doing water changes. If the tank is fully planted I would just do normal water changes and the plants will suck up the harmful ammounts of nitrites and nitrates.


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there'snot really a specific time but u can speed the process by adding plants and something like feeder fish to it
plants yes, feeder fish
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You can't put fish you want back out into a 450 gallon tank anyway.
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You can't put fish you want back out into a 450 gallon tank anyway.
True enough, I know I have rushed. But I was hoping for densly planted tank 3 weeks would be enough to cycle the tank. I am just looking for confirmation on other's experience.
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In all honesty, icliao, I stocked the last big, densely planted tank I set up within 48 hours and never had any losses. I feel sure yours will be fine.
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