Re: Cycling new tank

>From: Philmguy at aol_com
>Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 00:43:01 -0500
>Subject: Cycling new tank
>I'm about to start up a new 75-gallon tank that will be heavily planted and
>will include substrate heating, with laterite in the substrate, as well as
>CO2 using the yeast method. It would be nice to cycle it quickly and I could
>do that by putting some of the gravel from my present 20-gallon tank, which
>has a UGF, into the canister filter on the new setup. However, I have algae
>problems in the 20-gallon and am afraid that using gravel from that tank
>would give algae a head start in the new tank. I'd appreciate opinions from
>anyone here.

If you plant the tank heavily, and use CO2, the tank will usually cycle 
without any significant ammonia or nitrite spikes.  IMO, you are better
off not using the gravel from your older tank.

Shaji Bhaskar, Durham, North Carolina                   shaji at nando_net