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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarkazmo
    So I was replying to another post about cycling aquariums and had a thought. Since we are truly cycling the filter and not the tank, why do we need a tank to start cycling the filter?

    If you get a 1-3 gallon bucket or similar container, put your heater in it, and you could cycle a filter and have it ready when it's time for fish. This way you could easily do a fishless cycle with an exact amount of water, dosing only very tiny amounts of ammonia and keeping the water topped off... All of this in a tiny space either near by or off in an unused room, out of the way.

    Once the filter's established you can set everything up and put fish in and never have to sit and stare at that empty, cycling tank, and constantly feeling the urge to run out and get "JUST ONE" fish... heh

    What do you think?

    Sark
    Yes, this works and is actually practiced more often than you may think. In fact I think there is a few SW aquarists on AC that have posted comments on using this method. I'm not positively sure where I saw it though. I'm in so many forums sometimes they all turn to a blur on certain subjects...lol

    Just keep in mind however the nitrifying bacteria have to be fed in order to survive. I see people mentioning that one filter can take over for another in the event of a failure if you have both in the tank prior to the failure. While this is true in principal there is a lag time as the replacement filter must cultivate more bacteria to handle the additional load it must support as the solo filtration in the tank.

    PS I'm still trying to get some specific numbers from any microbiologists I on How little food nitrafiying bacteria can survive on, and also the amount of food a single bacterium can process. Its interesting how many of the experts don't have exact answers to these questions...lol
    “Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” - Nikola Tesla

    "GoT FiSh?"

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    Sark,
    I'm doing the cycle in a bucket thing right now. It's my first venture back into the hobby in about 25 years, so hopefully it works for me. The cycle just completed yesterday, and I'm going to get fish this weekend.

    As to why - one reason to do the bucket is so I don't have to look at an empty tank. Also, a filter and a 5 gallon bucket is easier to move. I moved it from one house to another (just 15 miles away) inside a big tupperware so it wouldn't splash out. I waited until we were at our new house before I set up the aquarium itself.

    Another advantage is that I could put the bucket out in the garage where the smell didn't bother anyone. My wife is pretty sensitive to smells. I am using shrimp pieces to cycle, and for a little while it was smelling foul. I stuck it in the back of the garage with the door cracked open. If the tank smelled like that in the house, it could have been a pre-mature end to my fish keeping days.

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    0 Not allowed!
    Interesting idea.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by domingo3
    Sark,
    I'm doing the cycle in a bucket thing right now. It's my first venture back into the hobby in about 25 years, so hopefully it works for me. The cycle just completed yesterday, and I'm going to get fish this weekend.

    As to why - one reason to do the bucket is so I don't have to look at an empty tank. Also, a filter and a 5 gallon bucket is easier to move. I moved it from one house to another (just 15 miles away) inside a big tupperware so it wouldn't splash out. I waited until we were at our new house before I set up the aquarium itself.

    Another advantage is that I could put the bucket out in the garage where the smell didn't bother anyone. My wife is pretty sensitive to smells. I am using shrimp pieces to cycle, and for a little while it was smelling foul. I stuck it in the back of the garage with the door cracked open. If the tank smelled like that in the house, it could have been a pre-mature end to my fish keeping days.
    Very Kewl!!!
    “Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” - Nikola Tesla

    "GoT FiSh?"

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