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raw prawns to cycle
#1
A good few years ago i cycled a large tank with raw prawns, are people still doing this ?
We should not give up and we should not allow the problem 
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It is possible to cycle using prawns (or any other food) and I’m sure some people do but it’s much easier to use bottled household ammonia. Possibly cheaper too. How much are prawns these days? Smile

You can dose exact amounts to get the desired ammonia level. Using food it’s more hit and miss.




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Hi and welcome to the site Smile

Do you still have your tank or are you coming back to the hobby ?
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Hello and welcome Smile
Exactly as Cheltgirl has said, it can be done with prawns or fish food (thats how i started my cycle), being a newbie at the time however i did end up with fish at the tail end of it so had to spend some time doing daily water changes until it finished. (That’s what you get for using test strips instead of the liquid test kits Wink)
On that note the liquid test kits are much much better than the test strips.
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The thing with using ammonia rather than rotting food is that you can control the ammonia and therefore know exactly where you are in the cycle. It's very random using other methods. Wink
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
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I've used prawns to keep the cycle going whilst I was away for a couple of days - however I would agree with the others, also rotting prawns will probably start to stink after a while...! Smile
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There's no probably about it! Wink Big Grin
They also break down into a mess, so you need to put them in a muslin bag or "pop-sock" or similar.
If at first you don't succeed....
...get someone else to do it! Big Grin

Enjoy your fish, shrimps and snails!
Ian

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Mobiles are way too complicated for me, although I do have one now. Wink
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