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Old 07-31-2013, 12:24 PM   #1
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Cycling question

I'm setting up my third tank it's a 55 gallon I got live sand and no rock yet it's been running for three week now. I have been testing water twice a week and since day one all my numbers have been 0 across the board why hasn't it started to cycle yet my other two tank were both cycling by now
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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Did you hang a raw shrimp inside your tank?
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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Yes it's about 1/2 to 3/4 gone first time I ever cycled a tank with a shrimp also
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:53 PM   #4
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The live sand are supposed to have bacteria already so if you did not get any spike, it means those bacteria are doing their job. You only cycle with none live sand and rocks. You should at least have a high nitrate.
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I would make your tank spike with ammonia to be sure it has enough BB to sustain the fish you want to add. You can do this with another shrimp or dose with pure ammonia you get from ace hardware. This way you are sure you have what you need before you add anything.
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You also need to put the rocks in the tank when cycling so don't have to do it twice.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:02 PM   #7
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Good point by Jeff above. If you are going to add live rock at all you need to have it in the tank during the cycle or else you will have to cure it in a separate tank once you get it before adding directly to the tank. If you are going with all dry rock it won't matter though.

But its the best to have the rock in place for the cycle as the bacteria will build up on the dry rock and add to your bb base.
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:07 PM   #8
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I found some live rock on Craigslist the guy needs it gone by Saturday he said he has about 200 to 250 pounds he said he would sell me for 100 bucks when I ask him why he was tearing his tanks down he said he had a really bad Ick out break and lost over $1000 of fish he said he tried to save them but they all died I for got to ask him how he tried to treat them my question is if he used some kind of chemical will it be in the rock I want to buy he's gonna call me back tonight to let me know when I can pick it up and I will ask him what he treated his tank with is there a worse case where the rock will be no good he said the tank has been running for 6 yrs
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It's a good deal!! Bleach the rock for 3-4 days. Then rinse it good using prime in the water, than just cycle it, I've done it a bunch of times, I think it's the best way of being safe of copper and other pests. Good luck
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What do you mean by curing it in a separate container what does that do to I thought is it came out of one tank and right into mine it would be cured
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