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Old 09-20-2011, 03:32 AM   #11
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Cycling your tank is the process of building up beneficial bacteria in your tank (on rock, sand, everything really). This bacteria is necessary to break down Ammonia (fish waste products) into nitrite, and finally nitrate. Ammonia is very deadly to fish with nitrate being the least harmful etc. Ideally, you want to be cycled before you add any fish,coral, or inverts into your tank. See the article above.

Cycling time can vary depending on if you're using live rock/sand, how big your tank is etc. Some can cycle in a few days to more than 6 weeks.

Hope this helps.
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Ok! I have crushed coral instead of sand, what do I do to cycle it?
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:58 AM   #13
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It's the same as regular sand. You still need to cycle your tank. Check out the article above.

Here's another great article if you want to cycle with pure amonia:
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

It gives great step by step instructions on how to cycle with pure amonia.
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Ohhhhh boy! This was like Chinese to me, it seems complicated but I've already bought everything so I'm not gonna back down now. I just gotta keep telling myself that the end results will b worth it...thx slot for ur help.

(I was under the assumption that all I needed was the live sand, and stuff and that that would've made the tank saltwater, boy was I off, lol)

Thx Again!
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Yup! We have all started as some point. Good to know you're getting this info now rather than later =)
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