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Yesterday I set up my new 20 gallon long tank. For the lighting, I am using a Finnex Ray2 30". For filtration, I am using an Eheim Pro 3 2071. The heater is an Eheim Jager 100w and for the substrate, I am using Fluval Stratum. I will be using a Fluval Co2 kit and an Eheim air pump.

Right now I am doing a fishless cycle with fish food and Prodibio Biodigest.

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Fluval co2 kits are garbage. Get yourself a solenoid and regulator

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Do they though? Knobs are not control.. they're just... knobs..

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I did an ammonia test today and it is around 1.0 ppm. I have been adding fish food daily to produce ammonia.
 

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I did an ammonia test today and it is around 1.0 ppm. I have been adding fish food daily to produce ammonia.
That means the heterotrophic bacteria is already doing its job. That's the first of many bacterias Biodigest includes.
 

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I have a 5lb co2 canister on my 16g. The tank was $60, solenoid/regulator was $40, co2 was $10, and the other miscellaneous items were about $20.
 

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That means the heterotrophic bacteria is already doing its job. That's the first of many bacterias Biodigest includes.
Do you mean the autotrophic bacteria? I thought heterotrophic were the ones in bacterial blooms and autotrophs are the ones that are useful for cycles.
 

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Do you mean the autotrophic bacteria? I thought heterotrophic were the ones in bacterial blooms and autotrophs are the ones that are useful for cycles.
Heterotrophs break waste down into ammonia. In this instance it's pellets.
 

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WAIT A MINUTE!!! you have fish in the tank and there are no pictures???? o_O
 

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Why not use ammonia? Fish food is just going to make a mess before the fish even get in there..

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Use pure ammonia,.they sell it everywhere. Your bicycle doesn't have a big enough basket??

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I topped off the tank because some of the water had evaporated.

pH is around 7.2, nitrite is at 0 ppm and nitrate is also at 0 ppm.
 

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The suspense is killing me :unsure: why not seed your filter from another tank... speed things up a bit? ;)
 

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The suspense is killing me :unsure: why not seed your filter from another tank... speed things up a bit? ;)
I'd like to, but I am not sure if I have the right kind/enough media since most of my filters are AquaClear HOBs.
 
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