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Old 10-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #71
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Looks familiar, lol.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:46 PM   #72
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So now you can stop worrying? Lol
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:51 PM   #73
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So now on to a different worry,lol, if I have fully cured live rock with no die off will my tank still cycle on its own?
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:59 PM   #74
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So now on to a different worry,lol, if I have fully cured live rock with no die off will my tank still cycle on its own?
If there's no die off, then there's no ammonia produced. You can add your ammonia from ace now if you want. The sooner you add it, the sooner the cycle will start. It takes a VERY small amount though. I cycled my 30g that way and it took literally drops to get up to 4ppm. So add a few drops, let it circulate a little, then test to see if you're at 4ppm. If not, then add couple more drops and repeat until you've got 4ppm ammonia. If you're over 4ppm, that's fine, it'll just take a little longer to come down.
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I think that it should also be pointed out that your cycle is just establishing all your bacterias. The bacteria is what makes live rock "live" so the more you add the shorter the cycle. If you stock a tank with 100% cured live rock then you may skip the cycling process sometimes and only deal with some spikes over a week or two. This is by no means "establishing" your tank any faster with the beneficial micro organisms in your tank but thought that would give you a little better understanding of how and why we do what we do in SW cycling lol
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Old 10-21-2012, 09:47 PM   #76
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So I started adding ammonia and a few drop registered at 0 so I kept adding till I'm almost to 3 but not to 4 yet. I've had to put a capful in so far. That seems kinda extreme if a 30 gallon only took a couple drops.
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Just keep testing and adding till you get to 4ppm. Any less than that and your cycle won't be strong enough. Want a good strong cycle to build up the necessary BB to support fish.
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Thanks I just added a little more so hopefully it will get up to 4. Once I get to 4 should I just test once a day to see where it is?
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Thanks I just added a little more so hopefully it will get up to 4. Once I get to 4 should I just test once a day to see where it is?
Yep. It'll come down slowly, then you'll see nitrites. Once ammonia is to zero, add some more to tank so that the ammonia-eating bacteria don't die while the nitrite-eating bacteria are growing. Near end of cycle, you'll add ammonia every day and it'll be zero next day every time; that means your BB are strong and plentiful. now is the test of your patience.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:10 AM   #80
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Ok so no more worrying for me Now o. To the fun part stocking. I've thought it over and these are the fish I like. Only ones with stars next to them are a must.
* pair of clowns
* flame angel
*carpenter flasher wrasse
* purple fire fish
* yellow watchmen goby OR engineer goby(any opinions and experience on either would be great!)
Kole tang
Fox face lo
Blue chromis
Spotted cardinal
Royal gramma
Thanks. This should keep me occupied while cycling.
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