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Old 05-14-2004, 10:07 PM   #1
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cofusion from my LFSs

for a 30 gallon FOWLS tank.

Today I added 40lbs of LS the salt, buffer and installed the eheim 2215. LFS A told me that I wouldnt need a protein skimmer running until the cycle is complete and i added a few fish. LFS B said that i should have a protein skimmer running during the cycle.

I havnt bought a PS yet.. Im looking for an Aqua C remora.
LFS B asked me if I was going to add LR. I dont plan on LR now since I dont have the lighting yet.

which LFS should I be listening too?
do i need LR for cycling?
am I starting off wrong?
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Old 05-14-2004, 10:30 PM   #2
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If you don't have any live rock there really won't be anything to skim so you don't need that. But you will need something to get the cycle going LS may work for you but if it is the stuff in the bag(dry) it's a toss up from what I hear. Sometimes it work some times it doesn't. I would recomend LR. that is what I used. LR will also be a great bio filter. If you don't want lr you can add a couple of uncooked cocktail shrimp from the grocery store. This will create a spike in the Amonia thus starting your cycle.
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Old 05-14-2004, 10:39 PM   #3
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Hi! I have a fairly new tank (set up in Feb.), but when we cycled we used LR to cycle it, LS was in there also. If you cycle it without LR and add it later, your tank will cycle again, I would add it all now the rock, sand, dont really think you need the buffer. I used a skimmer during the cycle, I have read it helps with odor and cleans the water so less life is lost during the cycle. We also did some water changes during the cycle for the same reasons. Hope this helps
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Old 05-15-2004, 07:57 AM   #4
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you should have:

2 lbs of LR per gallon

4-6" of sand

you will need a skimmer, but don't expect it to pull alot of stuff out for quite some time. Mine didn't start pulling stuff out (same skimmer) until 6 months after setup.
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Old 05-15-2004, 10:33 AM   #5
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This is the problem with LFS. I have run into the same problems. My answer is:

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Re: cofusion from my LFSs

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which LFS should I be listening too?
Evenings, here is what I did:

I have a 60 gallon that has been running for about a month now. I bought the protein skimmer from the very beginning of the setup and started running it. It didn't seem to be doing any good until I put the liverock in. After the liverock was in, the protein skimmer pulled out a lot of nasty, smelly junk. I think it was beneficial to have one.


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do i need LR for cycling?
I used liverock to cycle my tank, however the rock was already cured and matured enough that I didn't see a spike in the ammonia until I put two dead, raw shrimp in the tank. The rock was so efficient as a biological filter that my tank cycled in exactly one week!
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Old 05-15-2004, 08:33 PM   #7
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wow great help thanks guys..

today I bought 30 lbs of FIJI LR.. still no PS. I want to buy an Aqua C remora... can someone help me?
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Wait til stuff starts coming out of your rocks! Inever thought I would get such a kick out looking at rocks
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I want to buy an Aqua C remora... can someone help me?
help you buy it? I'm a little low on funds now, maybe next time. 8)
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