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Old 03-28-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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Before I Cycle | Rock & Sand

Do you have to cycle with substrate?

From what I understand you HAVE to cycle with rock, but what about substrate? Can I cycle with out it and add it after? Thanks ahead for your help.
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You could, but the beneficial bacteria that you are creating with the cycle will not be in the sand when you add it later. It will become live eventually though. I think adding sand after there is water in the tank makes a mess though. I'd do it all at once, if possible.
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I agree with Todd
add it before so you have a chance to let dust cloud from sand to settle
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I hadn't taken that into consideration, appreciate it.
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