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This is a discussion on Ultimate fish-in-cycle within the Freshwater Chat forums, part of the Aquarium Related Chat category; So I entered my lfs yesterday with dark intentions, a fish-in-cycle for two recently purchased 30g tanks. I asked for ...

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    So I entered my lfs yesterday with dark intentions, a fish-in-cycle for two recently purchased 30g tanks. I asked for a hardy fish and the employee scooped up about 70 guppy/endler bastards(not bad looking fish).

    I want to do what ever I can to make the process as quick and painless as it can be.

    What I've done so far:

    -seeded with my established tanks sponge filter
    -added a good amount of plants
    -mixed old bio media with new seachem matrix and Eheim Ehfisubstrat Pro
    -dosing seachem stability and nutrafin cycle(both the internet tells me are useless)
    -put trays filled with my established tanks sand in the new tanks

    Is this an alright plan? Any tips?
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    I pray to the fish gods for you. Maybe 100% WC everyday if you don't want to lose any fish? Any ammonia and nitrite will not be good and it takes time for the bacteria to handle the bioload... I would've waited for the cycle to complete...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneakerpimp View Post
    So I entered my lfs yesterday with dark intentions, a fish-in-cycle for two recently purchased 30g tanks. I asked for a hardy fish and the employee scooped up about 70 guppy/endler bastards(not bad looking fish).

    I want to do what ever I can to make the process as quick and painless as it can be.

    What I've done so far:

    -seeded with my established tanks sponge filter
    -added a good amount of plants
    -mixed old bio media with new seachem matrix and Eheim Ehfisubstrat Pro
    -dosing seachem stability and nutrafin cycle(both the internet tells me are useless)
    -put trays filled with my established tanks sand in the new tanks

    Is this an alright plan? Any tips?
    You've done this perfectly. You don't need the sacrificial fish. You have introduced old filter media and substrate. It's good to go. Contrary to what people think, you don't cycle the water, you cycle the media and in your case you have cycled media. Your fish will be fine. The only mistake people make (including myself in the past) and introducing too many fish at once because the media doesn't have a sufficient culture to manage the bioload but that's true of any filter new or old.
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    Thanks.

    You really don't need to cycle if you try hard enough.

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    I cycled my first tank, and I overkill my canister filters with bio media... so I just take the media from one and put to a new tank if I'm setting one up...instant cycle. I think you will be more than fine if you have got at least 50% cycled media to start with.
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    Hold up, the sand from my six gallon smells like rancid eggs.

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