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Old 12-03-2012, 12:32 AM   #11
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Mine took almost a month.... Also that tiny anemone may be an aiptasia which is not good at all.
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Sorry, mine is a 40gallon tank.
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Haha because it's small will it not take as long?
It's more pinkish and it has little white swollen tips
I hope it survives the cycle XP it's so cute
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:57 AM   #14
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Instead of putting shrimp, could I put in normal tropical fish food?
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:07 AM   #15
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I do believe people use that too... I have no idea how much to use.
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:35 AM   #16
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But does it matter that its food for freshwater fish? Lol
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:02 AM   #17
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But does it matter that its food for freshwater fish? Lol
I don't think it matters... You just need something to decay to create the ammonia needed to feed the beneficial bacteria and get it to grow to support the amount of ammonia that your livestock will create.
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Old 12-03-2012, 02:08 AM   #18
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Haha yeah iv cycled fresh wage tanks before it's just the whole bacteria in rocks (live rock, cured rock, base rock etc...) that I can't really grasp XP
For my size tank does anyone know approx how long it would take? (I'm not exactly patient bit there is some sort of scallop and I believe a tiny anemone to keep me entertained for a while XP$
Live rock is rock that is alive with bacteria and all the little things that live on it. Base rock is dry rock so it doesn't have anything living on it. Cured rock- well, I think it is live rock that had die off but has been cycled again for a few weeks to re-establish the bacteria that may have been lost. So if you have a tank running and cycled, but order some live rock and it comes in the mail, you need to cure it for a few weeks before you put it in the tank. Even if you order cured live rock there is no doubt that there would be die off during shipping. The die off will cause your tank to have a mini cycle, so you'd need to do a little cycle in a bucket for a few weeks before adding it to the tank. Hopefully that makes sense... It's confusing. Lol!
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Haha I'll get it eventually XP
Thanks for the help but what would happen if you put normal live rock in a tank and nothing on it died? Would you just have more life? Lol
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Haha I'll get it eventually XP
Thanks for the help but what would happen if you put normal live rock in a tank and nothing on it died? Would you just have more life? Lol
I guess. Lol!
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