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Old 02-07-2004, 02:02 AM   #1
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Can you cycle a tank with cured LR? If not, can I cycle with shrimp even though I already have a few damsels, 2 sally light foots and a hermit?
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Old 02-07-2004, 07:38 AM   #2
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Can you cycle a tank with cured LR?
Yes and no, if it is truely cured, the tank won't cycle...it won't need to the bacteria for nitrification are already present on the LR. Even if you buy cured it is a good idea to add some food or a raw shrimp and see if the LR handles the waste, if no ammonia in 2-3 days, you know it's cycled.
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Can I add the shrimp with the livestock I already have in the tank?
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No, you should make sure it is cured in a seperate container like a rubbermaid tub. It is not a good idea to add the LR to a tank that already has fish and/or inverts in it.
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The LR I'm going to get already cured from Liverocks.com. But thats all going to change anyway, because I boaught an 80gal tank tonight. lol
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The LR I'm going to get already cured from Liverocks.com.
It will be out of the water for 24 hours or more. They have an excellent reputation for not much curing time, but it is not a good idea to add new LR to a tank that has fish and/or inverts. If it is already completely cured...what have you wasted? a couple dollars for the tub and 50 cents for the sdalt? If it isn't and you put it in the main tank...how much have you lost due to the ammonia spike??
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What's the difference between cycling with LR or cycling with damsels and inverts? I'm still going to get an ammonia spike. Then how long should I leave it in the tub?
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I've been trying to cycle for 9 weeks now and I'm really running out of patience. I'm about to kick all my stuff into the gutter...
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I've been trying to cycle for 9 weeks now and I'm really running out of patience. I'm about to kick all my stuff into the gutter...
What did you do to cycle the tank once it was set up and what are the numbers now?

What reefrunner is telling you is completely true and the rock you add to the main tank could easily add to your woes. There is a great possibility that the ammonia from the rock could kill all the existing animal in the tank. What are the animals?

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I started with 8 damsels, they all died the 3rd week. I went back 2 days later and bout 4 more damsels. 2 days after that I added 2 sally light foots and a hremit. All seem to be fine, in fact each sally has shed. My numbers are as follows.

Nitrate 40-60

Nitrite 0 which has never changed.

alk 240

ph 8.2

ammonia .25 which has never changed.

All tests have been done Mrdel test strip. As soon as I can find a place that carries Salifert locally I'm going to pick them up.
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