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Old 03-21-2008, 10:42 PM   #1
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After Cycling, What Next?

I intend to add a total of maybe 30 lbs of live rock in three corners of my tank, along with a total of three (maybe just two) fish, and once I get the hang of this thing, maybe even a Sri Lankan Blood Shrimp. I have plans, but I have to see what is next before what is done. What wold you guys suggest for the novice? A live rock?
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How much rock do you have in there now?
After your cycle, you should do a rather large PWC to reduce the nitrAtes. What kind of fish do you have in mind?
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If you are going to add more live rock I would go ahead and do a PWC maybe 25% and then add the LR and wait for a week and test your water again. If all is good (other then high nitrates) do another large PWC and start adding your fish. Add your fish slowly so your bacteria will have a chance to catch up to the new bio load.
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I'm sorry, what is PWC? Told ya, I'm none too bright

You guys are all great btw...so willing to help!
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Old 03-21-2008, 11:41 PM   #6
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Thanks Ziggy. I did a 10% change today, which I know is saying I basically did nothing, but it was my first and I wanted to make sure I didn't muck up the cycling process.
So at least a 20-25% PWC, then add some live rock?
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Unless the rock is already cured, adding more rock after a cycle will just cause another "mini" cycle. Depending on what type of rock you're going to add, it's normally best to add it all in the beginning.

Do the 20-25% PWC only after done cycling, or it will prolong your cycle. Unless of course, you're cycling with fish!
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Didi you return the damsel to the lfs?
You should add all the rock now and start your "fishless" cycle. To cut down on cost get about 20 pounds of base rock and add 10 pounds of LR. Base rock is just dried out coral rock. You can see what it looks like here. I added a box of this to my tank and 6 months later you could not tell the difference between the base rock and the LR.

During the cycle the rock (both base and LR) will become coated with bacteria (making it all LR). That what the cycle is all about, building up a base of bacteria that can transform the ammonia produced from teh breakdown of waste into nitrite and the nitrite into nitrate (which is less harmful to fish). You still need to remove nitrate through regular PWC's or other means. PWC's should still be done on a regualr basis, weekly, IMO, on a tank under 50 gallons and every other week on a larger tank.
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I would cure the LR first before adding to the tank or you`ll have a mini cycle. You can read in our articles how to do it.
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Mike, this is a brand new tank that is cycling with a damsel right now. The suggestion was to take the damsel back to the lfs and start the cycle fishless. If followed then it won't matter if the LR is cured or not. It will complete the cycle.
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