What are the steps of cycling?

Discussion in 'Tank Talk' started by AngelsEulogy, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. AngelsEulogy

    AngelsEulogy Larval Mass Registered

    Mar 2, 2005
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    And what does it do..And how do you know when you're ready for an octopus?
  2. DHyslop

    DHyslop Architeuthis Supporter

    Dec 22, 2004
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    When your octopus (or any other critters in the water) go to the bathroom, they release loads of ammonia into the water. Ammonia is poisonous to them. Luckily, there is a type of algae that eats ammonia and turns produces a substance called nitrite. Nitrite is dangerous too, but we're rescued by another algae that eats the nitrites and produces nitrates, which aren't very harmful.

    If you have a big tank of saltwater and you put an octopus in, it will die pretty quickly because of its own waste. If you put a bunch of live rock and a couple little fish in, these helpful algaes will start to grow. This process takes a few months and is known as the nitrogen cycle.

    There are a lot of good resources on the internet about the nitrogen cycle. Try saltaquarium.about.com or do a google search. You might also want to pick up some books about keeping a saltwater aquarium.

    I, too, am learning that the octopus is not an instant-gratification pet!


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