I went to Ace Hardware and they said they don't carry the Janitorial strength ammonia anymore, so... since I already had a bag of raw shrimp in the freezer, I popped two into a pair of nylons I bought at wal-mart and the cycle is now official!
I'm still trying to decide what type of flow I want to do for this tank.
I've basically got three main options:
- Use new Koralia 750 that I have laying around the house in conjuction with the flow from the return pump.
- Purchase two Koralia 425's and place one on each side of the tank facing up and towards the front glass.
- Purchase an Ecotech Vortech MP10 and have the flow going from side to side.
After buying the MP10's for the 54, it is almost a no brainer, BUT this tank is a "lower" flow tank with the angler, so I would never have it near capacity and dialed down to 50%.
The biggest PRO for the MP10 is the postion on the outside of the tank / small footprint inside, BUT is $200 work the "sleekness"? It's worth the flow in my 54, but I don't think its worth it.
Are the 425's much smaller in size than the 750's?
Another question: During the cycle what all should be running / not running. I figure that lights will be off, but what about return pump, Powerhead, heater?
Also do I add the chemipure and purigen now, or what until the cycle is over? When do I add the chaeto to the refuge? I'm sure it is after the cycle, but do I wait to get the fish first?