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Old 08-22-2008, 02:40 PM   #1
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Several setting up questions

I've posted in another section about sand choices for my newest tank but I have several other questions too (like that's something new for me).

If I choose to put the black sand in this tank I won't be able to 'seed' the sand from my 'old' tank to help speed up the cycling process (difference in color). So, my question is fairly basic but I'd like to confirm it with the guru's here......I will essentially be starting a new tank (with cured live rock) and therefore it won't benefit me to try to speed up the cycling process right?

I know that's a pretty general question but I just want to make sure I'm on track here. I'm picking up my liverock this weekend and filling up the tank too.....should I stop at the store for my raw shrimp to cycle?
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If you get enough cured LR, you might not even see a cycle, or are you going with a base/LR combo? How much LR will you be adding?
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I'll be using all live rock and approximately 60 lbs if I can get it all stuffed in the tank.
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If the travel from the LFS to home is relatively short >1hour or so you might not need the shrimp.
I would get it all set up and add a pinch of food, wait about 4 days and check for ammonia. If you don't read any, you should be good to go.
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The scoop of sand from an established tank is more to get the critters than the bacteria. You're LR will do that. Don't remember if you have a sump but if you have one now and on the new tank.. seed your sand there... critter heaven
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I agree that if it`s already cured then you`ll be good to go. 60 pounds of cured LR should take care of seeding the sand also. Let us know how it goes.
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Wow! Glad that I checked with the brains here....I wasn't expecting this great news. My lfs is about 15 mins from my home.
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The scoop of sand from an established tank is more to get the critters than the bacteria. You're LR will do that. Don't remember if you have a sump but if you have one now and on the new tank.. seed your sand there... critter heaven
Duh! I didn't even think of that. Should I pickup a bottle of bugs to put in the tank....or do you think that would help?
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If you've got an established sump w/ sand in it.. you've got bugs Dear... Not to discourage you from spending money
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I agree that using 60lbs of LR is a great start. Just monitor parameters. Getting some LS from an established tank is also a great idea. Along with the good critters you get, it will help seed the bed...get as much as you can. Don't waste your money on any "pods-in-a-bottle" right now...just not worth it.
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