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Old 10-24-2005, 03:04 PM   #1
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55 Gallon Fish & Reef Maturing Process

Hello everyone, I have just decided to start a 55 gallon Fish & Reef Aquarium in my living room and was wondering if anyone had any advice on speeding up the maturing process of the tank either naturally or through chemical or culture additives. If anyone has any information or advice on this matter it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:16 PM   #2
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Basic information, 1-1.5#'s of live rock and use a raw cocktail shrimp. This will cycle the tank properly. If the rock is cured, it should cycle faster than uncured. You might also consider a sand bed of live sand.

The cycle time can range from about 3 days to 4 weeks, it just takes time and testing the water to find out when the cycle is complete.

If it's been said once here, it's been said 1,000 times, "Patience, patience, patience". Besides, you need time to study up on the livestock you want and the cycle time is a good time to do that.
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Have you had any experience in using Bio-Spira from Marineland?
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Old 10-24-2005, 05:32 PM   #4
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Jason, nothing in this hobby goes fast. You can try the bio-spira but I would suggest just doing the normal raw shrimp/fishless cycling. It takes a while but it's guaranteed to work. In my experience, there are no short cuts in this hobby. And trying to rush things can cause more problems and be more costly to fix. JMO
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Sounds like a plan Fluff. I'm sorry if I appear to be rushing this I have had the tank sitting their with water for about 3 weeks. Just would like to help it along the way because I wont be adding for for at least 2 months. My pocket is extremely empty. :|
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Do you have any LR in the tank. If so, it maybe has already done a cycle in the 3 week period. The shrimp will help it out plenty. Good luck.
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No just water and sand my pocket it really empty.
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I just purchard a 1140 Penguin power head that is capable of 300gph do you think I should get 1 more?
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Bio-Spira is garbage. Use the money for some more LR
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IMHO adding chemicals for cycling a Reef Tank is like those $400 Golf hats that "teach you how to putt".

What everyone else said, I would save up for some LR, buy that, and add it to the aquarium, add 1/4 piece of shrimp, buy test kits for Ammonia, Nitrites. Then test the water often ( I test every 3 days for the first 4 weeks, others probably do it differently). Once the cycle is complete and both tests are 0ppm it's time for a fish. So research a hardy fish that you want to keep in your aquarium long term.

Best Wishes and remember nothing good in this hobby happens fast.

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