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Old 05-19-2009, 11:03 AM   #1
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Question Cycling

We just purchased a biocube 29 yesterday. We plan on having a couple of fish and some coral. After the live rock is cured...we still need to cycle the tank right or is curing the live rock also cycling? I just want to be sure I understand the process correctly.

Steps (basic short steps)
1. cure live rock
2. cycle tank (using a raw piece of shrimp to be more humane)
3. add corals/fish slowly

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Add the rock and shrimp and cycle both the tank and rock together. If you add enough cured LR (with little to no die-off from transport) you may not even see much of a cycle.
I would add 1-2 fish at first. Let your tank mature and figure out how it works then you can look at some corals.
You have the general idea. Make sure you get the liquid test kits and not the strips. Also, I wouldn't worry too much about testing pH the first month or 2 since the readings will be all over the place.

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I agree with Scott. Cycle the tank and cure the LR at the same time. Kill 2 birds with one stone.
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