Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: The Bush, Alaska
My method for fish less cycling is easy, but can take some time.
Get some cheese cloth, or a panty hose and put a prawn or shrimp from the grocery store in it. Seal the cloth with a rubber band or tie a knot so as to keep the shrimp in. Submerge the shrimp and weight it down with something. The shrimp will begin to rot and create an very high level of ammonia. Wait three weeks, checking the levels every few days, once it is down to under 1ppm, remove, let sit for another day, and do a water change before adding fish. To speed up the process, ask to use some old media from your LFS or friend.
The dead shrimp will provide a constant source of ammonia for the bacteria to feed on.
For a 6g tank, I would use a few popcorn shrimp instead of a jumbo shrimp.
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