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Old 09-08-2012, 08:38 AM   #11
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I live in South Fl also. I get mine on incoming tides at the inlet. Always used it cycled fine just check the salinity it will be high. Three lfs use it an sell it, up to a dollar a gallon. I'll get mine myself they go to same location.
Are you talking about Haulover? I get my water from Key Biscayne
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:47 AM   #12
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It's funny cause I just had this discussion with the owner of my LFS last night. Natural sea water will not instantly cycle a tank and in my opinion won't really help the cycle either. I think the main reason people use it is out of convenience as you don't have to mix it. If I lived at the coast I would likely use it but it does have to be sterilized and may contain contaminants which kinda eliminates the benefit. The show tanked is entertaining to watch and they build some amazing tanks but the way they fill them and add fish doesn't fly with me. The bacteria in a bottle helps but when you add huge amounts of fish to a new system and it "instantly cycles" because they used natural sea water or bacteria in a bottle is a load of bs. I'm sure those tanks suffer massive losses. When I started my tank I used cured live rock and added some seachem stability and my cycle was instant but I feel that was due to the rock and not the stability. Alot of people do swear by it and it likely does help but nothing beats a proper fishless cycle.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:53 AM   #13
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but nothing beats a proper fishless cycle.
+1 well said
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Old 09-08-2012, 02:05 PM   #14
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All my tanks had to cycle with natural water just like everybody else 4 to 6 weeks. Palm beach country usually palm beach inlet.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:45 PM   #15
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Ok, I was just inquiring guys. I never stated that using natural sea water would instantly cycle my tank. Just thought it would help the cycle being that it does in fact carry some bb. As of now I started my cycle with instant ocean salt and dechlorinated water. It will be a fish less cycle more then likely or I'll do the whole dead shrimp thing. Either way, I know it takes 4-8 weeks to properly cycle a tank. I think the instant cycle method is terrible. There is no way you can add fish instantly. I'm doing it right the first time so I can have a successful reef tank.
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Your using dechlorinated water? That will likely lead to algae issues, rodi is best but I started with tap water dechlorinated and it worked but I had a freaking jungle growing in my tank.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:30 PM   #17
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Your using dechlorinated water? That will likely lead to algae issues, rodi is best but I started with tap water dechlorinated and it worked but I had a freaking jungle growing in my tank.
Just for the cycle. My last tank did fine on tap water. My RO/DI unit is on its way
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My RO/DI unit is on its way
Nice to hear!
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:09 PM   #19
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Yeah I know there is no way to have a successful tank using dechlorinated tap water. Just curious, how often do you all do water changes?
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:47 PM   #20
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I only usually did water changes once a month, only because I seriously understocked my tanks. For instance, my 30L with a 15 gallon refugium usually only had two small fish, a cleaner wrasse and a clown that I had for years. I tore it down a couple months back to give to my brother though.
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