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Fish for tank cycle

Discussion in 'Cedar Rapids & Iowa City Region' started by AJ, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. AJ

    AJ Inactive User

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    Anyone in the CR area have a fish they are interested in loaning or giving away for cycling my tank?  If you don't want it back, I can always throw him in my sump when I'm done so that the next person that needs to cycle a tank has one.
    Disclaimer: I know there are a lot of people that don't approve of using fish
    to cycle an aquarium.  Thanks in advance
    for not posting the cocktail shrimp or ammonia methods as I am familiar with
    them already but choose to use a live fish.
  2. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    Dude! Why not use cocktail shrimp or the ammonia method! KILLER! Someone call PITA!! I kid, I Kid.

    When i started up my tank I just did weekly water changes and never lost a fish. It might have prolonged the cycle abit but this way I got to add the fish I wanted right off the bat and didn't have to deal with catching out the un-wanted "guinea pig".

    I don't really feel "cycling" has to be as nasty a cruel as people make it out to be.
  3. AJ

    AJ Inactive User

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    Hahah...nice.  I really want to try to get it done before I put corals and CUC in if possible.  I would love to have it done by Fall Fest, but I'm cutting it short.  I may still have to do some very regular water changes at the end as it tails off, but I at least want to get a good way into it before Fall Fest.
  4. bobsfish

    bobsfish Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Wow....cutting it close to Fall Fest ! I used a cycle boost to help mine along. I used fish for my cycle also with no loss...at least not until a few months later when he tried to live on the carpet....didn't work out so well.

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