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    Hello. I am planning on setting up a 40 gallon tank to keep 2 small sunfish. My question is this. Can I skip cycling the tank if I use water and rocks from the creek in my backyard. The creek does currently hold sunfish.

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    I wouldn't skip the cycling. The bacteria you need will grow primarily on the media in your filter and to a lesser extent on other décor/substrate; it's not just sitting in the water column. That creek water could bring other critters you may not want into your tank.

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    I wouldn't skip the cycling. The bacteria you need will grow primarily on the media in your filter and to a lesser extent on other décor/substrate; it's not just sitting in the water column. That creek water could bring other critters you may not want into your tank.
    Good advice. The tank will have to be cycled regardless, so may as well do it the correct way from the beginning.

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    Great advice from the members above. I hope you will follow it.

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    That makes total sense to me...I will cycle the tank the correct way....

    I will also say that I have read about cycling the tank and am totally thoroughly confused.

    Would one of you please try to give me a step by step....I know this has been asked a thousand times I'm sure.

    But like just step one...what can I get done this weekend. I have the tank and filter, now what.

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    I would first set up the entire tank the way you're going to want it. What about substrate and other décor such as plants, rock or wood? Heater if needed for those fish (I'm not familiar with them), lights if needed for plants. Then follow the guidelines in the thread noted below. Read thoroughly first, then ask specific questions

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    Do you have an ACE hardware store near you? Their store brand ammonia is good to use for cycling. "Janitorial Strength Formula" is printed on mine (in case you are unsure when you are looking at it on the shelf). Buy the smallest bottle they sell.
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    So..... original poster back here...

    I finally got around to getting the tank set up, currently it is simply filled and the filters are running. I am going to add the decor, and such, before I start the actual cycling process, but I wanted to ask if I should soak the items before putting them in the tank.

    I planning on some rocks and driftwood. Can I just put them in and start cycling, or are there other steps that need to be taken first.

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    I always rinse off the driftwood before I put it in the tank, same with rocks. By the way are these store bought, or self supply i.e. from forest/creek? if the latter you will want to boil the DW and try to disinfect the rocks. Some people boil or bake rocks, but I heard some horror stories of the rocks exploding due to expanding air. Not sure what to recommend for creek rocks.
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    I do plan on using items I have collected from the creek. Maybe boiling them isn't a bad idea

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