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Old 12-12-2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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I added the live rock and live sand to my tank about 10 days ago. In terms of cycling everything seems to be stable (ammonia is at .25, still waiting for it to drop to 0).

I've started to get some algae on the sand, as well as the rocks. Should I go ahead and some cleanup critters now? Or wait until the ammonia has fully dropped? I am going out of town for a couple of days and I don't want the algae to take over, so I wanted to plan ahead (already got apex jr to control lights and keep me updated).
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Do not add anything until the cycle is complete - ammonia and nitrite at zero.

You are watching nitrite too, right???
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If you are worried about the algae since the tank is cycling just leave your lights out while you are out of town.
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If you are worried about the algae since the tank is cycling just leave your lights out while you are out of town.
But won't that kill off the good things on my live rock? Like the coraline algae, feather dusters, etc?
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Feather dusters are filter eaters. Coraline will be ok, too.
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There also may be some hitchikers helping you out that you may not have seen! Bum bum bahhh?
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There also may be some hitchikers helping you out that you may not have seen! Bum bum bahhh?
Well I know I have 2 snails and a slug (they are the size of pencil tip) but I dont know how much work they are actually doing since they are so small!
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leave the lights off. nothing will be negatively effected.
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Yah i agree lights off and check #'s when u return and it might be ready then
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