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Old 03-25-2013, 09:52 AM   #11
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I added a shrimp in a sock 2 days ago to help make some ammonia, have been cycling for 7 days now and I have no live rock. Thinking about doing that soon! Adding a refugium this week with some live sand and some macro algae.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:01 PM   #12
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I added a shrimp in a sock 2 days ago to help make some ammonia, have been cycling for 7 days now and I have no live rock. Thinking about doing that soon! Adding a refugium this week with some live sand and some macro algae.
Thanks for your help .
I was curious as to how long after the tank is set and clear cause of the live sand making it very cloud .
How long is recommended before adding anything to start cycling this tank ?
During the cycle when levels reach toxic levels do I leave nature do everything or should I prevent the levels from going too high ?
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If you're doing fishless, you can drop in a shrimp right away.... you don't have to wait for the water to clear. And no need to do water changes with fishless.... just let it go. You want to do water changes after the cycle to get the nitrates levels back down to a safe level. And leave the lights off during the cycle... with all the nutrients present, it's real easy to get a nasty algae bloom.
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If you're doing fishless, you can drop in a shrimp right away.... you don't have to wait for the water to clear. And no need to do water changes with fishless.... just let it go. You want to do water changes after the cycle to get the nitrates levels back down to a safe level. And leave the lights off during the cycle... with all the nutrients present, it's real easy to get a nasty algae bloom.
Ok thanks for all your help .
Ill drop the shrimp in this week .
I wanted to pick up a test kit before I did though .
How long after the shrimp is dropped in do I need to start testing ?
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I tested once a day after I added the shrimp, but it's not really necessary..... I just wanted to see the changes happening.


Mine took about 11 days. Your results may vary.... I've seen tanks cycle in a week, or take a few weeks to a month.
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I tested once a day after I added the shrimp, but it's not really necessary..... I just wanted to see the changes happening.

Mine took about 11 days. Your results may vary.... I've seen tanks cycle in a week, or take a few weeks to a month.
All I have in mine so far is a 40 lb of live sand .
Should I go with a deeper base ?
Will It cycle again after I add live rock ?
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Add the live rock now, you need something for the BB to live in.
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Add the live rock now, you need something for the BB to live in.
Is it ok to cycle it without live rock ?
They will live in the sand won't it ?
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It will live in the sand, but adding live rock later may cause a mini cycle or makes the cycle take longer. Not quite sure why you would start cycling a tank without all the rock you wish to have, get it all in now if you can. You want your tank to cycle properly and be reaching stable parameters as soon as you can so you can get busy with fish
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You want to get your rock in now..... yes, beneficial bacteria do develop in the sand as well, but much more of it develops & lives within the pores of the rock.
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