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Old 05-29-2004, 01:27 AM   #11
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One shrimp should do it. There shouldn't be any odor either. I've cycled several tanks using this method and have never had any problems with odor. A tank full of uncured LR can generate some odors, but you have a lot more waste material there than you will with just the shrimp. I recently cycled a 5 gal hex for my daughter with a shrimp...no problem at all...a dwarf gourami now resides happily in there.
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And you can't screw up cycling with a dead animal. You put it in with heat and circulation and wait. Doesn't get any easier than that. You can easily screw up with live fish. It won't smell any worse than the tank itself will, which doesn't smell at all unless you shove your face into the water and breath. Then it just smells like drowning.
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Old 05-29-2004, 12:18 PM   #13
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I agree with those who suggest the fishless method of cycling. Its inhumane to put a living creature thru that kind of enviorment. It would be like asking someone to live in the sewer.
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Old 05-29-2004, 03:05 PM   #14
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A tank full of uncured LR can generate some odors
Was thinking of using only uncured LR to cycle 100gal. How much do I need to get the job done, but not have to terrible of an odor. Some is OK, but too much and the wife will flip.
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I have a 60 gallon tank and used about 51 lbs of liverock - however, my rock was mostly already cured. I think that's how my tank cycled so quickly (one week!) If you are getting uncured liverock I was told that it's best to get the most that you can get right off the bat. Otherwise, when you add more uncured liverock to your already cycling tank it could start the cycle over and just take forever!
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Old 06-01-2004, 04:15 PM   #16
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when you add more uncured liverock to your already cycling tank it could start the cycle over and just take forever!
I only plan on using the uncured for the cycle. After that I will add cured Rock with all the critters. What LR (grade and from where) did you cycle with? I just don't want everything to die during the peaks.
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