Cheato while tank is cycling

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  1. QuickenZA

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    Hey Guys,

    I am getting cheato tomorrow but my tank isn't filled yet and I am curious - can I put the cheato in the sump while the tank is cycling? Will this make the cycling process take longer?
     
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    It will love the nitrates from cycling.
     
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    I am assuming (correct me if I am wrong) that the cycle will carry on as usual since the cheato is only after nitrates and phosphates effectively meaning that ammonia will still convert into nitrites and nitrites into NO3. I will most likely just not see NO3.

    Is that assumption correct?
     
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    It will also take up some ammonia, could even speed up the cycle process.
    copied and pasted.
     
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    @TaahirS thanks for the information - it is really interesting.

    Will see how the cycle is affected and report back on this thread.
     
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    Just for the record i tried this in my first tank and the cheato died. I think there wasn't enough nutrients at first or the cycle took time before it could give the cheato what it needed to grow.
     
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