Fishless Cycling

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  1. Burstsovenergy24

    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    singularity Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    I did it...

    I used raw cocktail shrimp in my tank to get my tank cycled. Also in the tank were about 10lbs. of live rock and about a 1.5" sand bed.

    The tank cycled (ammonia and nitrite levels went to 0.0), and I later added another 40lbs of live rock and two damsels.

    There was a minor spike in ammonia upon the introduction of the second batch of live rock (from die-off of the hour drive from the LFS to my apartment), but other than that the tank cycled well without fish.

    A fish-less cycle is definitely do-able. I have heard that adding ammonia straight to a tank is not advisable, but I do not know the reasonings behind that.

    I have also heard that adding uncured live rock will also cycle your tank (the dead organic material will provide enough ammonia)

    [By the way - the second link you posted does not point at anything.]
     
  3. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Fishless cycles are becoming more popular and some see it as being kinder on the animals but personally i cant think when i last lost a test pilot... My two black mollies in my freshwater tank have been marine on many ocassions.


    Using uncured rock willl certainly work or get a high chair and pee in the tank, just as good :lol:
     
  4. Burstsovenergy24

    Burstsovenergy24 Larger Pacific Striped Octopus Supporter

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    Ok sounds good guys!

    Then when try it for my oscar Ill post the results.
     
  5. cthulhu77

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    Oh Colin...just the mental imagery is funny as hell! someone come up with an emoticon for that one!
    Greg
     
  6. peterl23454

    peterl23454 Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    lr

    my fav way to cycle is with live rock only. uncured is cheaper also and usually you end up with better rock!
     

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