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Old 10-20-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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I've had saltwater tanks for about 25 years (minus the past 7), and it seems like a lot has changed. Never heard of the fishless tank cycle before reading this forum. Cycling for me has always taking months, and my preparation of the tank before fish is a few days to a week. I know I'm fixin to get bashed here, but;
I always start with a live rock in a dark tank with no light for days.
Add damsels and monitor chemicals
partial water changes to balance toxins
after 4 to 6 months no more water changes ever, just top off due to evaporation.
I also use undergravel filter, that seems to have lost favor as well. I understand about the trapped material in the substrate. I use 1/2 sized undergravel filter seperated in the middle (currently a 10gal in a 36 gal tank), and alternate sides with the powerhead.
Only time I can remember losing a fish, is when I added an aggressive fish to the tank. That's my old school method;
With that said, we hope to get a much larger tank next spring (46 gal is smallest I've ever had), and I think I'm gona try the fishless cycle on it. I'll try any thing once, twice if i like it
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how were you keeping nitrates under control after the 4 to 6 months with no more water changes? Were you testing for nitrates at this time? Sounds like starting up a new tank will be a very new experience for you. Good luck and welcome
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Old 10-20-2011, 01:38 PM   #3
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how were you keeping nitrates under control after the 4 to 6 months with no more water changes? Were you testing for nitrates at this time? Sounds like starting up a new tank will be a very new experience for you. Good luck and welcome
My last tank was 125 gal. I think it's the topping off from evaporation that kept my nitrates low. not sure how it will go with a third the size tank. It seemed the large tank evaporated quickly and left a nice crusty salt ring behind. I would scrape the salt back into the water when topping off and it would do a nice job of retaining salinity. It seems like it would drop about 2 " a month, not sure about that...memory is a little fuzzy in my old age
I had a lionfish in there for about 4 years as the only resident.
And yes, the water was tested often.
P.S. Thank You
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