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07-10-2006, 05:32 PM
Originally Posted by PurpleAardvark
Well here is my opion in a nut shell. No matter what you do how you start it or if you use rain water (yes i have heard that one), you will always have a cycle. It is just mother natures way of trying to teach us that good things come to those who wait. If you use tank water, rock, ect.. the levels may not swing as high but later on down the road you may run into mini cycles, nit. spikes for no reason, nat. spikes for no reason, ect... to create the most stable tank I have found that if you have really wild swings and peaks in your levels at first for the first month and leave it alone everything goes great. When you play with your tank ie. doing water changes, chemical aditives things become more unstable and the "cycle" takes longer. So in short the best thing to do IMO is to jsut let things be and you will have a more stable bacteria base. Rember this just IMO everybody does things different doesn't make them right or wrong. Unless your name is Eric.:blah:
100% agreed, no matter how you "start" a tank, there will ALWAYS be some sort of cycle.
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