Cycling Before Adding Live Rock..Any Advantage?
I will be setting up a 40 Breeder FOWLR
tank soon. I was thinking about the cycle process.
Most people cycle their tank AFTER putting in the live rock, or have the death from the live rock do the cycle.
I was wondering if it could be benefical to add substrate (in my case SeaFlor and Agaramax) and cycle for 4 to 6 weeks with a dead grocery store shrimp, then add the live rock.
I am sure I will have another smaller cycle after I add the live rock..but I would guess less severe.
I am thinking that with a less intense cycle..more life may stay intact when I add the live rock.
Also...gives me the added benefit of waiting 4 to 6 weeks before buying the 50lbs of live rock...like spacing out the payments.
90 Gallon Fresh Water Planted w/ CO2
7 Brilliant Rasbora, 6 Harlequin Rasboras, 3 Dwarf Neon Rainbows, 1 Red Tailed Shark, 2 American Flag Fish, 4 Skunk Botia Loaches
40 Gallon Breeder Salt Water: 4 inch DSB
(2/3 Agaramax & 1/3 Sea Flor), Bak Pak 2R Skimmer w/ BBX, 2 x JBJ PHs, Coralife Lunar Aqualight (2x96w), 30lb Base Rock and 40lbs of Live Rock.
Inhabitants: Purple Firefish, Pygmy Angel, Lawmower Blenny, 2 Cleaner Shrimp, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, Pistol Shrimp(HH), 1 Emerald Crabs, 3 Porcelin Crabs(HH), varying amounts and varieties of hermit and snails.
3 Gallon Eclipse:
1 Goldfish (won free at a fair...cost $50 in equipment)