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Old 11-13-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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cycling 55g question

I read the saltwater document but when I place the shrimp in the tank to cycle do I run the protein skimmer, power filters, heaters and powerheads during the cycle?

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Old 11-13-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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Filters, heaters, and powerheads yes but I would skip the skimmer.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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I agree. Skip the skimmer
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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No skimmer ,
There isn't anything established yet to skim .
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:17 PM   #5
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Well I hope I didn't screw up cuz I filled the tank with RO and then put sand in and I just remembered that I didn't add salt yet. Does it matter if I add salt now or do I have to start all over?
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:44 PM   #6
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Well I hope I didn't screw up cuz I filled the tank with RO and then put sand in and I just remembered that I didn't add salt yet. Does it matter if I add salt now or do I have to start all over?
Ideally you should have mixed the salt and water before adding the sand .
Or as you would do a water change mix the salt then add it to the tank.
Because there is nothing for live stock is the only reason the first time salt can be mixed in the tank .
My only suggestion would be pump out most or all of the water , mix the salt to 1.025 than add it to the tank , add your ammonia source .
Anyone else that has a better way could offer their opinion
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What will happen if I just add the salt to the tank?
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What will happen if I just add the salt to the tank?
I honestly don't know why I was always told it's not good to add salt directly to the tank.
This is something I never questioned or researched . But I am very interested to know the answer so if you don't mind I'll follow along
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You can still add the salt to a tank with sand.

The only time you can add salt directly to a tank of water is when you start up. I did the same thing with my tank I set up a few weeks ago. Used pool filter sand and then filled up the tank and then added the salt. As long as you didnt add any live rock you will be fine.
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Thank you for the quick responses, knew I shouldn't work on the setup when tired lol, but relieved I don't have to go backwards...at ro vending machine will top off add salt and run powerheads, should I also add my heaters too?
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