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raw prawns to cycle
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A good few years ago i cycled a large tank with raw prawns, are people still doing this ?
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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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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
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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.
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(17-03-2019, 10:27 AM)Lureman Wrote: A good few years ago i cycled a large tank with raw prawns, are people still doing this ?

Hi Lureman,

Some people still take this approach but a far better way is to start with ammonia. Rather than using household ammonia, I favour the use of ammonium chloride. I use ammonium chloride crystals but an easier way is to purchase Dr Tim's Ammonium Chloride Solution for Fishless Cycling. At the same time, get yourself a bottle of Tetra SafeStart bacteria starter - it is very reliable. You'll be off to a good start!

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Cycling with ammonia is also a few weeks quicker.
I don't keep fish, I keep water. Water keeps fish.
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(09-04-2019, 04:37 PM)black ghost Wrote: Cycling with ammonia is also a few weeks quicker.

Hi black ghost,

The last tank cycle that I did (which was quite recent) was completed in days, not weeks. I'll dig out my notes and, hopefully, report back tomorrow.

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