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How long can I save cycled media?

I was trying hard to get my 150 ready for fish but then I got involved in live plants and between the learning process, the purchasing process and the plant establishment time my schedule has gone to $#^%.

I pre-cycled some media using an ice chest so that I would be ready when the tank was but the tank has stalled and the media has been ready for weeks. The media is so ready that I'm going broke feeding it Ammonium Chloride and I may still be a month away from fish.



There's 3 bags of ceramic in the 700 and 2 in the 500. Can I just keep on feeding it with an occasional water change?

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Can I just keep on feeding it with an occasional water change?

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Probably.

Are having to stock this tank all at once for some reason?

If not... you're probably making more work for yourself than you need to. As long as you don't add too much bioload at once, and add to it slowly, you aren't likely to have a noticable ammonia spike on a tank this big.





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As long as you don't add too much bioload at once, and add to it slowly, you aren't likely to have a noticeable ammonia spike on a tank this big.
For some reason I'm laughing, not sure why. The last time this tank was up was some twenty years ago and I didn't know what the internet was. I also didn't know what cycling was, I just bought fish, through them in and everyone was happy.

Now I have the world wide web to give me knowledge and everything I read says that if you don't cycle your tank your fish will die!!! Well, I thought to myself, my fish never died in the old days but the internet never lies so....

Being a conscientious pet owner I went crazy making media and then you ask why? My only answer is the internet says so...

But I'll tell you what, since I went through all this work including buying three test kits I'm using this media even if it kills me.

Why do I feel like a dumb$ss

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LOL

Nah, you're just in the relatively unusal position of having a big tank to work with.

Most people are starting off with a tank in the 5-20gal range, where ammonia from just a few fish will be incredibly more concentrated than in a 150.

Understanding the cycle is ALWAYS good info to have for troubleshooting problems, though.

'sides, isn't half the point of this tank a learning experience for your grandkids? That's your excuse!





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