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help new tank cycling

I have never owned a fish tank. I have not heard of fish tank cycling until after I had got my tank and 2 BP. It has been 1 week and my water is cloudy. Yesterday it was very cloudy so I did a 25% water change and the water went back to being a lil less cloudy. But when I woke up today the water now smells. ANY information would be helpful. ex. How long will this smell last, should i do water changes, how long does cloudy water last, really any info would help

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If the water smells, it is likely to be ammonia. Do you have a test kit for ammonia? If ammonia is off the chart a 25% water change is not going to do it. Test your water immediately and if ammonia or nitrites are very high, do a 50% water change, then test again. If it is still very high - and I have had this happen when I killed the bacteria in my filter - do another water change right away. 

So - did no one at the fish store mention about the possibility of doing a fishless cycle?

HOW TO CYCLE A NEW FISH TANK IN 1 WEEK! YES, 7 DAYS!

Fishless cycling (wikipedia)

 

 

 

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