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Old 12-08-2012, 08:00 PM   #861
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I wouldn't worry about it but its gonna be pretty opinionated. Obviously though it doesn't seem to be effecting your cycle at all haha.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #862
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I wouldn't worry about it but its gonna be pretty opinionated. Obviously though it doesn't seem to be effecting your cycle at all haha.
Lol guess we'll find out.. will the nitrates reduce on its own tho bc of the LR and chaeto in my fuge??
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #863
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I wouldn't worry about it but its gonna be pretty opinionated. Obviously though it doesn't seem to be effecting your cycle at all haha.
I agree on both counts. I cycled with 60 lbs of live rock, skimmer was on since day one and it cycled in 9 days. I'm sure others will say never turn it on during the cycle. I didn't mean to open a can of worms when I asked. Was just wondering.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:44 PM   #864
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Lol guess we'll find out.. will the nitrates reduce on its own tho bc of the LR and chaeto in my fuge??
It's going to take a very large water change to get your nitrates anywhere near safe after the cycle. Beyond that you'll have to see if your rock, sand and refugium do any denitrification. I don't know how to definitively predict it. Everybody's system is different.
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Well, macro algae will consume some of the nitrates...but when cycling you are causing larger than normal production of them through the denitrification cycle. The cheato will not consume all of it and you will still require a large water change upon completion of the cycle.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #866
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Well yeah i figured i would still have to do a huge water change, there's no escaping that. I was just curious as to how much the macro algae would actually consume.. obviously no precise answer can be made, just curiousity
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #867
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Did you rinse your sand out if so how? I am about to set up my new tank...
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:14 PM   #868
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Did you rinse your sand out if so how? I am about to set up my new tank...
Quickest way I've found is either a pillow case or use a 5 gallon bucket. I like the bucket less mess. What I do is fill it about a 1/4 of the way at a time with my sand and I run it in my tub with the water flowing in. While its pouring in and overflowing slowly ill just stir the sand with my hand to get all the fine stuff into the water coloum and overflow out.
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Quickest way I've found is either a pillow case or use a 5 gallon bucket. I like the bucket less mess. What I do is fill it about a 1/4 of the way at a time with my sand and I run it in my tub with the water flowing in. While its pouring in and overflowing slowly ill just stir the sand with my hand to get all the fine stuff into the water coloum and overflow out.
+1 that's the exact way I did it
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Quickest way I've found is either a pillow case or use a 5 gallon bucket. I like the bucket less mess. What I do is fill it about a 1/4 of the way at a time with my sand and I run it in my tub with the water flowing in. While its pouring in and overflowing slowly ill just stir the sand with my hand to get all the fine stuff into the water coloum and overflow out.
And you do that with RO water or tap water?
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