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Old 06-22-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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OK I've built a 70 gallon tank, I'm putting 4 t5 bulbs around 150 watts. It will be a fowlr tank for now. I will only use a power filter, and two power heads. IM going to set it up to cycle while I'm in Colorado! So after I get my live rock salt all setup, do I just add a piece of raw shrimp? And leave the lights off?
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:49 PM   #2
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Not necessary to leave the lights on. It will just grow unwanted algae. But with live rock, sand and a shrimp chunk should get you on your way
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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Alright good, I'm going to add the bacteria additive to help speed it up some
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:05 PM   #4
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There is a lot of debate as to if bottled bacteria works or not... I used biospera I think it was and it seemed to work for me.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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It is debated because just like yeast it can all die off if not used by a certain date. I dont remember ever seeing an expiration date on them, so if that bottle sits on a shelf for months then all your getting is dead bacteria nutrient water. The life span of them in a bottle w/o ammonia to consume shouldnt be very long...
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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The thing with the bottled bacteria is that its alive and if your nitrites spike it could kill them off and would be pointless to add it. It's kind of like adding a fish to cycle your tank. I think you are supposed to do water changes a few times as you add the bacteria. In my opinion just adding a shrimp chunk will be good enough to start.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:55 PM   #7
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Think of it like the packaged live sand that sits on shelves forever and goes bad. Same thing, just in bottled form. I don't know if a nitrite spike would kill them since they are the cause of the nitrite spike to begin with.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #8
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Think of it like the packaged live sand that sits on shelves forever and goes bad. Same thing, just in bottled form. I don't know if a nitrite spike would kill them since they are the cause of the nitrite spike to begin with.
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I see where yall are coming from. I ordered the bacteria from dr. Foster and Smith. Ill go ahead and add them just to see what happens. I'm hoping the tank will be cycled by the time I get back. Which will be 2 1/2 weeks.
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Sorry nitrate
A nitrate spike would not kill them but too long a shelf life does. Usually large distributors have the freshest stock as its constantly being rotated through stock. Same goes for live sand.
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