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Cycling A New Tank


Tyler LaZerte
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Temperature and food source play a pretty big role in this.  Will you be adding a starter bacteria like Fritzyme 7?  A rough estimate is the bacteria colonies will double about every 18  to 30 hours depends on above mentioned food source and temperature.  You should be able to add the snails now (but feed them), I'd hold off on the shrimp for a month or so.

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5 minutes ago, Tyler LaZerte said:

Should I add a bottle of Turbostart along with dosing Fritzyme 7?

They are the same thing.

 

Fritz Turbo Start 700 Freshwater (4 oz)

  • The original live nitrifying bacteria

  • Rapidly eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrite

  • Allows safe, immediate introduction of livestock

  • Prevents “new tank syndrome”

  • Establishes and maintains a healthy biofilter

  • Prevents fish loss – FritzZyme saves lives!

  • A safe, natural approach to water treatment


 

FritzZyme® 7 Freshwater

  • The original live nitrifying bacteria

  • Rapidly eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrite

  • Allows safe immediate introduction of livestock

  • Prevents new tank syndrome

  • Establishes and maintains a healthy biofilter

  • Prevents fish loss - FritzZyme® saves lives!

  • A safe, natural approach to water treatment

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4 hours ago, Tyler LaZerte said:

I have a seeded (about 2 years in an established, planted tank) sponge that I would like to put in my new tank along with a brand new sponge filter. How long can I expect to cycle my tank before I can add some nerites and neocaridina?

If you use activated substrate like Eco Complete, combined with a seeded sponge, you should be fine. I’d set it up for 24 hrs, and test to see.

Here’s our method for cycling:

(1) Use a biologically activated substrate like Eco Complete — or, transfer substrate from a cycled tank.

(2) Use Wood or Hardscape from inside a cycled tank. We buy wet wood from our LFS.

(3) Use a primed sponge filter already full of bio.

(4) Use tank water from a cycled tank.

(5) Buy tons of live plants. They bring in bio.

(6) Dump in Dr. Tim’s bio starter fluid.

Then wait a day. Test water. Wait until Nitrates are increasing. Add fish. 

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@Fish Folk Thank you! I am going to put in a seeded sponge and a bunch of live plants for sure. The wood is now and the substrate was used for African Cichlids but has been sitting in a bucket for a couple months. Once I get the tank, I am going to add Fritzyme 7 as well. Does that sounds like a good plan?

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1 hour ago, Tyler LaZerte said:

@Fish Folk Thank you! I am going to put in a seeded sponge and a bunch of live plants for sure. The wood is now and the substrate was used for African Cichlids but has been sitting in a bucket for a couple months. Once I get the tank, I am going to add Fritzyme 7 as well. Does that sounds like a good plan?

Yepper!!

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