Having familiarized yourself with THE NITROGEN CYCLE, it's now time to discuss how this beneficial process can be begun and maintained in a home aquarium.
Cycling a tank involves the fishkeeper creating and maintaining conditions within the tank that will foster the growth of nitrifying bacteria. These bacteria are cultivated to the point that they can process, and thus counterbalance, the total waste (the "bioload") produced by the fish living in the tank
There are two main methods of cultivating nitrifying filter bacteria - the older,"fish-in" cycling method, or the relatively newer "fishless" cycle - both methods are compared below.
At Betta Late Than Never, we do not condone the "fish in" cycling method due to the potential for serious harm and death to fish involved, and because of the existence of a more humane, and generally superior, alternative - the FISHLESS CYCLING METHOD. Please visit our page to learn the method and some tips for completing a fishless cycle of your own!
|"FISHLESS" CYCLING METHOD||"FISH IN" CYCLING METHOD|
|Relies on the "artificial" input of pure ammonia by the fishkeeper into a new tank with no creatures living in it to feed the colonies of nitrifying bacteria as they develop.||Relies on the waste output of hardy "starter fish" to feed the colonies of nitrifying bacteria as they develop.|