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    Before I ask this, let me state that I know there are people out there that have strong opinions on fishless cycling vs fish-in cycling, and I really do not want to make this thread about touting one view over the other. Having said that, I see questions about this asked everywhere, and I have yet to see any articles addressing the following questions in one sitting. Since there are many experienced people on this forum I thought I would ask this here since your information may help others.


    FISH-IN CYCLING:

    Assuming no seeding is available from other aquarium sources, and assuming that the steps in the process are done correctly, what is the average time it takes to do a fish-in cycle? On average, how long does it take to build up Ammonia in a fish-in cycle? How long until you will see Nitrites? How long until you will see Nitrates? How long until the tank is considered stable?


    FISHLESS CYCLING:

    Assuming no seeding is available from other aquarium sources and assuming that the steps in the process are done correctly, what is the average time it takes to do a fishless cycle? On average, how long does it take to build up Ammonia in a fishless cycle? How long until you will see Nitrites? How long until you will see Nitrates? How long until the tank is considered stable?

    Note, I used the word "average" time because I know each tank is different, but there have to be standard parameters for each phase given everything is done correctly.

    How about it? Share your experiences.
    Last edited by Sportsnerd; 06-30-2013 at 01:26 PM.

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    IME, cycling with fish took around 2 to 3 months before I was doing just the weekly water changes and the tank was at least starting to be stable. Many Many variables that you have not identified can effect that length of time as well. If I remember correctly, I noticed the ammonia build up within 5 to 7 days. Thinking back on it now, it did seam like a lot longer, likely because of all the waterchanges. When fishless cycling I've typically got a stable and cycled tank just over 4 weeks (once it took almost 6). But I also start off with a higher ammonia level than most use so that does extend the cycling process. I'm not too sure you can even come up with a standard length of time for each as many different things can influence both processes, far more than what you have listed.

    Just my experiences.
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    I use to cycle with fish and plenty of water changes and 7 -9 weeks into it I was down to weekly water changes. But I was still testing for ammonia and nitrites for a few more weeks just in case as I was adding stock.
    The saltwater tank I started I used live rock only to cycle and it went fairly fast. I think it was around 5 -6 weeks and it was complete.
    The best way to start a new tank (IMO) is to fill tank, add existing filter from a cycled running tank, and add fish. All within balance that is. The filter has to be adequate for the tank and the stock should not exceed what was in your running tank at the start of this. Add extra filter and stock as you go.
    For peace of mind cycling, go fishless. Alot less work too.
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    well logically, when doing a fish in cycle you need to keep the ammonia levels lower. that prevents the fish from dying. this would lead to the bb slowly growing. fish in cycles are also more work than the fishless ime. i think i did 1 fish in cycle, and that was because it wasnt my tank but i took care of it. i think it was just over 4 months before the nitrites went to 0.

    ive also done a few fishless cycles, that took about 4 weeks (my first one too 7 because i messed it up! lol) but that being said, the fishless can be about 4 times faster and safer XD
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    I know I must have at some point but I don't remember ever having actually "experienced" a cycle. When I first started out I with my first tank (25g) I added 6 Zebra Danios, waited 2-3 weeks and then slowly upped the stocklist. I checked parameters every second day or so but never noticed an ammonia or nitrite spike. It must have happened in between my testing or something, and then boom one day I had 'trates.

    Ever since then I've just used seeded media combined with some Nutrafin CYCLE when I set up a new tank and within 3-5 days usually it's pretty stable.

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    Sorry guys, but from some reason a few of the replies in this thread were automatically split off into their own thread. I have fix that and placed all replies into this thread
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    I was wondering why it looked kind of weird. The thread makes sense now. Good job Cliff.
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