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Old 06-09-2012, 07:04 PM   #11
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Yeah. I'm gonna keep going with the instructions and see what happens at the end if it doesn't work it doesn't work but maybe it will be a good test for everyone here.

I'll fill you all in on what happens and thanks for he advice it helped.
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I left my lights on for my first cycle. It was a mess with algae that took months to get under control.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:04 PM   #13
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Ok but in this kit is also an algae management supplement?
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #14
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You asked a question and got answers from several people. I will add my experience. No lights during cycle. Leave the lights off and you don't have to use chemicals to stop the algae. Cycling a tank only takes rock, sand, water and an ammonia source. Did you get a kit with the system to test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
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You asked a question and got answers from several people. I will add my experience. No lights during cycle. Leave the lights off and you don't have to use chemicals to stop the algae. Cycling a tank only takes rock, sand, water and an ammonia source. Did you get a kit with the system to test for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
Yeah got a test kit that records ammonia nitrate nitrite ph and alkalinity.
But thanks alot for the advice. I have cycled tanks before and never used light. But they weren't salt. So I wasn't sure.
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Old 06-09-2012, 09:36 PM   #16
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They want you to use all of their products. You will have lots of algae with the lights and and then will have to use their algae remover.

That is fine.. good marketing, and a solid plan, and products you can buy. I have nothing against that.

In all reality though, if you leave the lights off your tank will still cycle (without algae - so no need for algae remover).

Also, the bacteria and stuff they tell you to add isn't necessary and probably won't help (unless your mind is set to follow the book and use their products). All you need is an ammonia source.
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No lights you won't regret it !!!

If you use light all that unwanted algae will grow and it's no walk in the park getting rid of it!!

your tank will cycle the same with or with out lights , there are no added benefit just causes added head aches in the near future
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I agree no lights I did mine with light and I ended up with a forest! I had to do a thre day black out to get it under control then slowly turn my lights back on. Save yourself the heart ache lights out.
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