1 Week Fishless Cycle With Mature Media Then Fish-in Recommendations

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I've been looking around the forums to try and see if anyone is doing similar, but doesn't appear so.  My plan (not the best I know so please give minimal critcism  :-[ ) is to run my tank for a week with no fish and then get a few as its for the kids birthdays so can't really make them wait the 1-2 months for a full cycle.

I've been chatting with @Littlefish who has kindly agreed to donate some mature media when the time is right and I'm just setting up my plan of attack to start this weekend. I also have a bottle of "Fluval cycle biological enhancer" to put in over the 1st few days (I know these products don't get the best wrap but thought as I have it, it can't do any harm)

Current plan:

Saturday - Wash Substrate, tank decorations etc and setup tank with filter, heater, substrate, decorations, water (with tap safe) and let it run for 24 hours to get water to temp and make sure everything is running as expected.
I'll take  water readings for everything immediately and then after 24 hours and then on a regular frequency as the cycle progresses.

Sunday/Monday - Visit LFS and pick some Elodea plants to help with the cycle and maybe some surface plants - duck weed seems to be recommended although there does appear to be some bad reports too, any advice?  Whilst I'm there, going to have a look at the local stock and based on my community fish selections see whats available and compatible.

At this point I know I need to get some ammonia in the tank so advice on the best course of action here would be appreciated.  I can't get seeded media ( thanks again @Littlefish) until Tuesday due to logistics of not being around to receive and install until then, so at this point I'm a little stuck as to the best way to move forward, do I need to get some ammonia to add during the initial week that I'll have no fish?  or could I just drop in some fish food and let it rot and produce ammonia that way (not too sure how long it takes to rot?)

Tuesday - Friday - Mature media arrives and installed, then looking for advice really on the best course of action from here. Assuming more ammonia at some point + more readings.

2nd Saturday - up to 90% water change and get 3 or 4 of the hardy fish from my Community Selection and then introduce the fish gradually to the tank, allowing time for water temperature to equalise and introduce a bit of tank water to the bag over several minutes to give them time to acclimatise.

2nd Saturday onwards - regular measurements and water changes as required to keep the levels down.

Please feel free to tear my plan apart, that's my reason for putting it up here in the 1st place TBH.  The only part that can't change is adding the fish on the 2nd Saturday, earlier is fine, but can't be any later.  ( I know, hit me with the beating stick  :vcross: for being cruel to fish, but I'll be on the ball with water monitoring and as soon as levels rise I'll be doing immediate water changes to help them along the way.  :fishy1: )

Thanks again for all the advice so far.

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Re: 1 week Fishless cycle with mature media then Fish-in recommendations
« Reply #100 on: September 23, 2018, 08:43:26 PM »
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Thanks for the extra info Sue :)  Just need to work out which fish to get next.  Will pick up on the other thread.

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Re: 1 week Fishless cycle with mature media then Fish-in recommendations
« Reply #101 on: September 24, 2018, 10:17:48 PM »
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Quick question, I've not cleaned my filter as yet and I'm 3 weeks in.  At which point should I clean the filter media etc.  Noted that I need to clean in the water I've siphoned out.

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Re: 1 week Fishless cycle with mature media then Fish-in recommendations
« Reply #102 on: September 25, 2018, 05:02:12 AM »
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You only really need to clean it when it becomes clogged to the point that flow is reduced or when there is significant levels of "crud" trapped which could increase nitrates in the tank through its decomposition. Whilst you have low fish load and are expanding your stocking, I would leave it well alone to be honest.

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Re: 1 week Fishless cycle with mature media then Fish-in recommendations
« Reply #103 on: September 25, 2018, 08:24:03 AM »
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I agree. Wait till six weeks then look at the media during a water change. If it is covered in brown slime, gently wash it off in the water you've removed. If it's not covered in brown slime, don't clean it but check next water change. The medium first in the direction of water flow will be messiest.

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