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Old 08-03-2014, 01:49 AM   #11
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You don't need live sand either, you can get dry to do the job.
In terms of how long the cycle is after you add your ammonia source, that varies from cycle to cycle. My old 36 took a tad over a month to cycle where my 55 actually took 2 months after I accidentally overdosed the tank with ammonia...which is why I'm a fan of the cocktail shrimp method.
Also, there isn't a real need for a clean up crew as long as you are able to remove what you put in via filtration and water changes. Just because a hermit crab eats a piece of uneaten food doesn't mean it won't turn into nitrates...hermit crabs poop too!
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Okay thanks also about the dry rock is florida reef dry rock okay , and im still worried about the phosphates leaching from the dry rock should i do the muriatic acid dip what do you thing ?
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Old 08-03-2014, 02:52 AM   #13
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Dry rock should have any dead organic matter in it
You want to add some bio spira to the dry rock to start cycling it and turn it to "live" rock


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You can dip in in ro/di water over night then put it out in the sun for a day


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The live rock im buying is 100% free of any organic matter at least thats what they claim
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Never ordered rock from there, but if he treats it like his snails expect about 100 lbs :p. Seriously reef cleaners is a great company and I'm inclined to believe any claims john makes, I highly doubt you'll be disappointed if you go with them.
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Okay i was just wondering if there would be anything diffrent since the rock is 100% organic free , and its super clean
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