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exist such thing like Instant Cycling?

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Brian20, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. Brian20

    Brian20 Guest

    I know alot of it (I thought) I am making this a long time but now that people told me of some bacterias maybe things works differently. I will put here my thoughts but first what to know what people think about it. I have a large disccussion of this in my spanish forum but not everybody gets convinced.
  2. jonny_ftm

    jonny_ftm Guru Class Expert

    Mar 5, 2009
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    Letting nature do what it needs in th etime it needs, is the key for me.

    Now, the best way would be a continuous flow of water, like in a river. But technically, it will be hard (dechlorination, heating, demineralization or the inverse...) and is a real waste of water in these times
  3. Brian20

    Brian20 Guest

    I get lost
  4. Brian20

    Brian20 Guest

    please more replys please!!
  5. Tom Barr

    Tom Barr Founder
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    Jan 23, 2005
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    Err, why not use dirty filter water? That adds specifically WHAT is missing from a mature filter, or sediment.
    It does not get any more instant than that, adds specifically what is missing from a new aquarium.

    Plant roots and leaves are also covered in a lot of bacteria, and they provide a higher rate of cycling than non planted aquariums since the plants provide far more sources of nutrients for the bacteria, as well as taking up NH4, and PO4 etc directly and leaching some reduced carbon.
    Cycling is much more a fish aquarist, not a plant aquarist, issue.

    Tom Barr
  6. Brian20

    Brian20 Guest

    Thanks tom I need that words coming from you :D
  7. SuperColey1

    SuperColey1 Guru Class Expert

    Feb 17, 2007
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    Not so sure it is instant cycling but when I set up a new tank and it is heavily planted the fish go in as soon as the tank is scaped and equpiment in. Never have any deaths, the plants utilise the ammonia while the filter bacteria colonise.

  8. bradac56

    bradac56 Prolific Poster

    Jan 31, 2008
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    The real issue is fish-bag creep not how fast you can cycle. Most people get caught in the trap of buying the fish then getting it/them home and not having a tank up and running.

    It usually takes me about a week to get a new tank fully cycled but I set it up before I get the fish so it's never a problem.

    - Brad
  9. Biollante

    Biollante Lifetime Charter Member
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    Jun 21, 2009
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    Hi Brian,

    Would you give us your thoughts?

    Perhaps a sense of the discussion on your Spanish language forum.

    For my part I do not believe in 'instant cycling,' but with mature plants and along with 'mulm' and or filter from a mature tank I introduce critters all the time without any particular problem.


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