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Old 07-05-2014, 02:41 PM   #11
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No way to tell, how did you cycle the tank? I would test daily (starting about 12 hours after the rock goes in) so you can see what's going on in the tank. It may cause a small cycle (or large depending on how you cycled originally) it may not cause anything depending on the type of rock you add.
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You can refer to my other comment in the "Tank Upgrade".
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Skimmers help clean the water. If the water is cleaned in some other way, or with other ways in conjunction with a skimmer, then you'll be fine. It's all about the water quality. You don't have to use a skimmer at all, as long as you can keep the water clean somehow.
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Your old LR are already full of beneficial bacteria so you do not need to cycle your tank. It is important to use a new substrate to avoid the spike from old substrate. Just seed the new sand with couple of cups from old sand without mixing it. Just pour the whole cup slowly on top with minimal disturbance forming a mound so that import of bb and other miniature life forms are done smoothly. The new sand will be inhabited with BB gradually with no spike. If you are adding base rocks then that is another story. You need to cycle them on a separate container before putting them in the tank. Do the aqua scaping at the shortest time possible to minimize stress to your fish.
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