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Old 03-17-2005, 08:12 PM   #1
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Ok, I see the aragalive (live sand) at the store, and it says that it stops "new tank syndrome," so it is cycle in a bag I guess.

Is this actually true ? and if not, how long does it take to cycle with say a whole bag or three of live sand ?

and if not a bag, how long with a say a cup full or two from a cycled tank.

Another thing, how about with live rock + live sand? I mean I know there still will be quite a bit of ammonia, but how much does this speed up the process, a week, two weeks ?

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Live rock from www.liverocks.com in sufficient quantity will speed up your cycle nicely. Second that with a cup from an existing system and you're rolling. Live sand in a bag? Largely a waste of money. There are a couple of online suppliers that actually sell "live sand" but the stuff in the bag a waste of money for what you're getting.

"In this hobby nothing good happens fast" I heard that early and often when I first started visiting here and man is that true. Not only is that true but the converse is also quite true... "Bad things happen really really fast". Take your time and go slowly.

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:28 PM   #3
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ok, so when i seed some live sand, how is this going to work? should i just get aragonite sand and then add like an inch or two to it and then itll be seeded or what ?

and as for lr, I am going to place an order on monday or osmething.

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When you need live sand I would stop by some of your LFS's and see if they will sell you a cup of sand. Get a couple cups from different stores if you want some diversity.

You don't need much, just something to seed the sand bed. A single cup would really do it. It does not cause the entire sand bed to become live overnight, it takes time, but it speeds up the process not to mention adds some additional benifical bacteria into your system.
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My LFS wouldn't sell me LS, so I ended up spending $20 for a 25 lb bag of it. I used aragonite on the bottom, and a layer of live sand on top.

With the LR and LS together, it will definitley speed up your cycle. It's all I used to cycle my tank.
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