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Old 08-19-2010, 04:57 AM   #1
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hi I am planing on starting my first tank soon a 20g but am away from home at the moment for 2 weeks at a time with a work project I was thinking about starting the tank cycling with a bunch of artificial and litle bit of lr to seed it and let it carry on by itself for a month or so does lr need much atension or monitoring does it need to be fed? need lights ect. dont whant to put any fish in till im back in the country for good just wondering if I can set up the rest while im here intermitently
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yes the bacteria on the live rock will need an ammonia source(food) and yes you can seed with live rock. I am pretty sure live rock does not need light but it will speed the growth of coraline algae
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how might I provide that food sorce without introducing fish any ideas?

or should I just wait till im back perminantly
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well you can put a piece of shrimp in to rot basically (can get smelly) you can also put drops of ammonia in but you would have to be there more for that. Some people still cycle with a hardy damsel or something but there you would have to be there more as well,to feed.
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Do not cycle with a damsel, there is absolutely no need.

Put a large uncooked, unseasoned, unanything shrimp in a fine mesh bag or pantyhose, and let it sit in your tank. If you can, keep the temperature a little lower which will slow the decay of the shrimp over the time you are gone.

If you are worried about it, just wait till you are home. If you seed with LR the cycle generally is quite a bit faster.
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Do not cycle with a damsel, there is absolutely no need.

Put a large uncooked, unseasoned, unanything shrimp in a fine mesh bag or pantyhose, and let it sit in your tank. If you can, keep the temperature a little lower which will slow the decay of the shrimp over the time you are gone.

If you are worried about it, just wait till you are home. If you seed with LR the cycle generally is quite a bit faster.
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i wouldnt cycle with a shrimp
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i wouldnt cycle with a shrimp
Why not? In this case, I believe its the best way unless you have an automatic doser (expensive for just this purpose) or someone that can come by and add a drop of ammonia to the tank in the event that the ammonia spike passes quickly (and thus starve the bacteria of ammonia).

The only drawback to shrimp/fish food would be nutrients such as phosphates that would no doubt feed nuisance algae during/after the cycle. Other than that, a shrimp should work out pretty good.

Another option would be to get some live rock that hasnt been cleaned very well to cycle with. Plenty of crud will rot and feed the now present ammonia eaters for a good while.

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only thing with the shrimp is how do you know its conditions in which it was kept poor water quailty and everything with it will come out into your tank. you want your tank as pure as possible so why add shrimp which could bring in something bad?
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