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Old 10-02-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Cycling without live rock

I forgot to get live rock and cannot get it for a few days. Is it safe to start my cycle and add rock in a few days. Will this affect the cycle.
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Old 10-02-2011, 06:10 PM   #2
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there is no point to cycling with me rock because there is nothing to cycle, you will start an ammonia spike but hardly anythign will happen
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wait are you saying i need rock to start
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should i get live rock for cycling
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Yes u need to have your tank completely set up...all pumps, sumps, rock, sand, and so on. Everything but the livestock. Start your cycle, then add fish once it's done. If u add live rock later it will just start another cycle.
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thanks, i will try to make time and get the rock tomorow
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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I think everyone is misunderstanding the OP. He can't get the LR for a few days, not after his tank cycles.

The LR will help in the cycle because it will seed the rest of the tank. If you can't get it for a few days, its not a big problem since tanks take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to cycle usually. Without the LR, the cycle would just take longer
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