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Old 09-20-2011, 10:53 PM   #1
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before shelling out the cash, i just have one last questoin (sorry)

i will be getting a 29g biocube with aprox 40 pounds of live and or base rock
i actually have 2 questions
1. how do i start and test a cycle
2. i am getting the heater that carey reccomended in a seperate thread, anyway my question is, there will be no wires in the water right?
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #2
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If you get a 29 cube there will be wires in the water from the pump. Pretty sure for most heaters though the wire comes out the top, which shouldn't be submerged in most cases.

To start a cycle, I'd personally dose pure ammonia and add some live rock or just bottled bacteria from an LFS. when after dosing ammonia you get nitrates and all of your ammonia is converted (0 ppm) you are cycled. Use seachem or elos test kits to measure nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia.
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are wires in the water safe, i am new to saltwater and i have no idea what your second paragraph meant.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:23 PM   #4
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The wires are designed for water.

You will need to test the cycle with tests for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. When you test you water and ammonia, and nitrite are at 0, with a low nitrate reading you cycle is over. You can add chemicals to speed up the cycle.
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what is considered low for nitrite
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At the end of my cycle 5 ppm
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:37 PM   #7
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nitrites ought to be zero.
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nitrites ought to be zero.
I thought you said nitrate. Sorry. Nitrites should be 0.
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here's alink for cycling a sw tank using the shrimp method, you can alos add pure ammonia instead of the shrimp.

Cycle your salt tank

The heater I used to keep in my last compartment to the right.

You should get a power head as well for the other side of the tank, and those wires are water safe to a point so you can submerge the actual power head. That power head shold go on the right side glass or the right side back wall, your choice.
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