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Old 01-19-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Cycling Question

I am in the process of cycling my 120 gallon tank.

I have 50 pounds of LR and 3 shrimp to get the cycle going, The water is very yellow is this normal? Im not running a protein skimmer and have no media in my Canister filter was told to keep just lr rubble and base rock rubble in it

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Did you put the shrimp in any kind of media bag or something like it
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nope just threw them in a corner of the tank they are just sitting there but you can tell bacteria is starting to eat them
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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That could possibly be tinting your water I can't think of anything else that would cause that

Edit* might be a stupid question but your water isn't yellow before you put it in the tank is it
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anyone else please!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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Is your tank brand new or was it a used tank? Did you clean it with anything prior to the start of your cycle?
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Tank was used cleaned with fresh water no chemicals water was crystal clear before cycle
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Do you not have anything in your canister filter other than rubble?
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Just lr rubble was advised to take all other media out of the filter
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Really? Now, I'm fairly new to this, but as far as I understand during the cycle the point is to build up good bacterial in your filter. If you just have rubble in the filter then where's the bacterias supposed to attach? I would at least have some ceramic rings (for the bacterias to grow on) and floss (to catch gunk - these should be rinsed every so often) while cycling. I also kept activated carbon in mine during the cycle to reduce the amount of times I have to mess with it. Also, I cycled with a dead shrimp and my water was crystal clear. Cycling with only rubble and then adding ceramic or resin rings later seems counterproductive, no??
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