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Old 09-15-2005, 09:17 AM   #1
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Cycleing new tank ideas? (I'm a newbie)

hey guys Dont know if you read some of my other post but I am planing on trying salt water soon. Just wondering whats the best way to cycle it. I read about the raw shrimp trick. Would you recomend that or just letting ti run or adding certain chemicals? probley picking up a used 29gal tonight and a protein skimmer from a buddy of mine. I wont be setting it up for a month probley but I'd like to know ahead of time.
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Raw shrimp cycle. Wanna stay away from chemical additives as much possible. Especially to cycle a tank.
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when doign the cycle to I have the live rock in the tank as well? or wait till its cycled
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I'm thinking it depends on your live rock source. I got mine from the LFS w/plenty of die off for a cycle. Some of these online sources have rock shipped in pretty good condition w/little or no die off and plenty of life on'm. Wouldn't want to cycle with good living stuff (stars, snails, corraline, shrimp, etc) on it. The ammonia spike would kill a lot or you'll be changing water like crazy.
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so I am better off just waiting cycleing then adding rock?
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IMO, yes if you're gonna go with the mail order rock with lots of life on it. I think some cycle with the sand/substrate in place too.

Done any reading yet? Robert Fenner's "Conscientious Marine Aquarist" is a good start - all except the part about cycling with fish. Do yourself a favor and read that. You'll save money and headaches later IMO.
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I probley wont order the rock online theres a fish store in town where they sell it.
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You can cycle with liverock in the tank. Is the liverock going to be your filtration? Or will you be using some other filtration? Whatever your filtration is, that needs to be in the tank. You are not "Cycling" the water, you are cycling the filtration media, getting it to grow the bacterias needed.

This article may also help you some:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=15
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well I was thinking of using a protien skimmer and a salt water filter (salt water carbon or whatever you use) I was told in a tank only 29 you dotn need a power head.. Should I get one? or what else shoudl I use perharps
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protein skimmers are not really filtration. Power heads are not filtration, they just move water around. Depending on the type of filter you buy, will determine if you need powerheads. I think you should take some time and investigate some of the options availabe to you. Buy a good book or get one from the library, then, after reading it, post your questions and we can help you.
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