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Add water, add some food, add the filter, let it run for a few days.  Add substrate, hardscape, plants, etc. and let it run for a little bit.   Add your bacteria, add more food, let it run.

Time and patience.  NBD.

Congratulations on the new tank, very cool stuff.

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On 7/26/2022 at 7:16 PM, nabokovfan87 said:

Add water, add some food, add the filter, let it run for a few days.  Add substrate, hardscape, plants, etc. and let it run for a little bit.   Add your bacteria, add more food, let it run.

Time and patience.  NBD.

Congratulations on the new tank, very cool stuff.

Yeah that’s what I am doing I added some Plant will add more in a few days just want them to settle and then see how it looks then add more 

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I usually try to have enough patience to let it run for 3-5 weeks.  On the last one I did, I dumped the bacteria in, ran it for a week.  It had already been running for a while, but that was just to give the filters some time.  I added hardscape, added media and all that.  I added 3-5 of the fish planned for the tank, then let it run, then added the rest. 

I was in a rush because I needed to move the fish, but it took me forever it seemed like.

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I use fishless fuel. I like it compared to adding fish food as it is a known quantity.  Ie I dose tank to 2 ppm and then see how long it takes to metabolize that fully to nitrate.

once I can dose to 2ppm and I have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites 24 hours I deem it pretty established.

 

as to the bacteria in the bottle products I have been rather less than impressed… and I have spent a lot of money on them, trying fritzyme 7, dr tims, stability, API… I can not give definitive evidence they accomplished much of anything.

 

what worked in a little over a week was putting about a quarter cup of Black Kow composted manure in a mesh bag and putting that near filter in tank.  Where as the other tanks took roughly 6 weeks to cycle, this one reached the same level of cycle in a little over a week.

 

25 lbs or so of Black Kow cost under $10.00.  And I probably spent about $80.00 on different bacteria in a bottle products.

 

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The ones that are shelf stable and not refrigerated, I feel aren't quite reliable. The refrigerated ones like dr timms and turbo start, have a short shelf life. However they seem to genuinely work...if they are kept kept cool the whole time. Nothing will beat cycled media, but if you don't have any these products can be helpful.

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