cycling your tank- which method did you use

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what method did you use to cycle your tank

Poll closed Oct 17, 2009.
  1. Live fish- Damsel or other, depending on tank size

    36 vote(s)
    37.9%
  2. Live rock, live sand - dead prawn, piece of fish etc

    53 vote(s)
    55.8%
  3. Bottled bacteria and bacteria food

    6 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. daninfamous

    daninfamous Flamingo Tongue

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    My LFS is trying to sell me insta-cycle in a bottle, I told him I would pass and wait it out, hell im waiting this long to even get anything started.
     
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  3. amcarrig

    amcarrig Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I always cycle with one yellow tailed blue damsel.
     
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  4. Arc Katana

    Arc Katana Fire Worm

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    I chose (And am using now) live rock, live sand, and two damsels and a ball of chaeto macro-algae. My ammonia has never been higher than .25, and within a day is down to .1 or zero. Nitrite has been non existent.

    I would guess if everything stays the same, I'll be done in about two weeks (3 week cycle).
     
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  5. phoenixhieghts

    phoenixhieghts Panda Puffer

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    Other - i took the filter material from my previous tank!
     
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  6. Triplemom

    Triplemom Pajama Cardinal

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    We cycled with LR, LS, water straight from the LFS's 500 gallon system (he let us borrow a 50 gallon container and did a little "water change" for us), and a piece of raw shrimp. My biggest fear with using the "damsel method" is we would end up with a fish we never really wanted in the first place! With a smaller tank, we didn't have much room to spare for unwanted fish!
     
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  7. Puffer Chick

    Puffer Chick Giant Squid

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    i am using, the LR, LS and piece of raw shrimp method, and my tank is still currently cycling. I also did not want to use a damsel for the exact reason that triplemom had mentioned :D
     
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  9. blumoon reefers

    blumoon reefers Millepora

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    Other - tank was a 75g, used all LR(80lbs) and LS(40 lbs) - tank cycled in about 3 weeks. Upgraded all to the 150, added base rock and dry sand - saw a mini cycle that lasted about 3 days.
     
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  10. Geoff

    Geoff Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    Die off from live rock,sand for one, to keep from torturing a fish and two, like TM said,to keep from ending up with a fish I didn't want and having to go through the trouble of digging him out. I had no idea what fish I wanted at the time.
     
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  11. Brandon1023

    Brandon1023 Fire Goby

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    What do you mean by the term "cycle"?

    :)

    I used LR back in the day.

    And I'm sorry, normally I wouldn't point out spelling errors (I know it's bad etiquette) , but it's a POLL and not a POLE. LOL!!!
     
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  12. divott

    divott Giant Squid

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    since i was a wide eyed newb when starting my tank back in nov. i just went with the time cycle. lol. lr and ls. added some fish flake food and waited and waited. after 6 weeks and checking params , which they ran through the gamut of , i added my cuc at about 8 weeks. then 2 clowns about 2 weeks after that. all has gone good.
     
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