READ LAST SENTENCE FIRST and save 3 minutes of your life. I liked the thought of cycling till I tried it. Not the best experience. My pH was off the charts, the water was almost red, so on and so forth. I just redid it. New decor, new gravel(natural looking gravel DEFINITELYrecommended), no more filter while Twilight is in the tank(little bugger hates it, he flares up when I put it in). I'm going to get more dechlorinater and maybe a different type of filter. The bacteria was too slow, and I didn't want to waste money on it. Also the food I added for ammonia was making it hard to look at the tank. And my fish is fine anyways, I'm still doing the frequent water changes, not overfeeding, and he's not in a little 8 oz. bowl. Long story short, I'm impatient and naive.