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Old 11-27-2012, 03:49 PM   #661
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I always use the raw shrimp method also. I'm a coward when it comes to ammonia. *shame*
Lmao yeah I wouldn't wanna overdose or miss a dosing and stall the cycle.. I think I'm just gonna put raw shrimp in there
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I agree. I don't like these supposed fast starts. Maybe it's because I have been at this for decades, but I just can't make myself pour industrial ammonia into my tank. Any organic item, like a shrimp, releases slowly and I think that's better in the long run. Each to their own.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:54 PM   #663
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I agree. I don't like these supposed fast starts. Maybe it's because I have been at this for decades, but I just can't make myself pour industrial ammonia into my tank. Any organic item, like a shrimp, releases slowly and I think that's better in the long run. Each to their own.
Lol yeah I've always done either fish in(FW) or the raw shrimp method
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:15 PM   #664
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I agree. I don't like these supposed fast starts. Maybe it's because I have been at this for decades, but I just can't make myself pour industrial ammonia into my tank. Any organic item, like a shrimp, releases slowly and I think that's better in the long run. Each to their own.
Man you said it! "Don't try to fix what ain't broke" that's my position.
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:22 PM   #665
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I used the shrimp on one tank, liquid ammonia on the other. It's not hard. With a 90g, I would add half a capful, let it mix together a couple hours and then test. If its not up to 4ppm, add a little more and then test again. Once you've gotten it up to 4, then you're done for the day. Then just test again tomorrow. Are you seeding the sump with anything from an active tank?
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Old 11-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #666
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I used the shrimp on one tank, liquid ammonia on the other. It's not hard. With a 90g, I would add half a capful, let it mix together a couple hours and then test. If its not up to 4ppm, add a little more and then test again. Once you've gotten it up to 4, then you're done for the day. Then just test again tomorrow. Are you seeding the sump with anything from an active tank?
Am I supposed to? Lol I dunno, I've never used a sump so this is all new to me haha
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It may help the cycle go faster if you put a piece of live rock in it.
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It may help the cycle go faster if you put a piece of live rock in it.
Oh yeah, I was gonna go out and buy a piece and put it right in the fuge
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You don't have to, but as Jen said, it'll help cycle go faster. When I started my 30, I added about a cup of sand from my 55g, a few pieces of LR from the 55 and some of the filter media from the 55, and my cycle only took 10 days. Just an idea. If you have some filter media from another tank that you could add to the sump.
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You don't have to, but as Jen said, it'll help cycle go faster. When I started my 30, I added about a cup of sand from my 55g, a few pieces of LR from the 55 and some of the filter media from the 55, and my cycle only took 10 days. Just an idea. If you have some filter media from another tank that you could add to the sump.
Hmm I have no extra filter media at the moment.. maybe I'll just grab a couple tiny pieces of LR from my 29 and a big piece from my LFS. All of my LR in the 29 has a coral on it lol
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