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Old 06-24-2013, 05:03 PM   #11
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They can become a nitrogen source once they clog up.
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They can become a nitrogen source once they clog up.
Good to know! Is this something I should take care of right away? Or should I wait until the tank is cycled and established?!?! It's only been running for about 3 weeks.
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If it's not cycled, you should not be running the lights. During the cycle, the water is loaded with nutrients. This plus light equals trouble. I would turn out the lights while it's cycling and be patient.
No starter fish are necessary, and once the tank is cycled and if they made it through, they may cause you grief down the road and are very hard to catch (I'm assuming damsels).
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If it's not cycled, you should not be running the lights. During the cycle, the water is loaded with nutrients. This plus light equals trouble. I would turn out the lights while it's cycling and be patient.
No starter fish are necessary, and once the tank is cycled and if they made it through, they may cause you grief down the road and are very hard to catch (I'm assuming damsels).
I don't have any fish, and had decided against getting any..... But had no idea about the lights! So lights out huh?!?!
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Well, what are you looking at that you need the lights on? The algae?
Yes, shut them off for now.
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Well, what are you looking at that you need the lights on? The algae?
Yes, shut them off for now.
Hahaha..... No I'm not using it to look at..... I thought and was told by somebody that the tank needed the lights cycled on for 8 hours a day for the good algae and bacteria..... Good to know! So no lights for the live rock and live sand in the sump either?!?!
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No lights needed. The cycle happens without it. The bio balls aren't any emergency.
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Thanx everybody!!!! I learned a lot with this thread.... Glad I put it out there! You all are so knowledgable and helpful!
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