I am in the process of cycling my 120 gal
tank. I currently have about 180 lbs of livesand (bought the bagged stuff "aragalive") and about 116 lbs of LR
from a friends tank. The lr
was sitting in a 55 gal
tank with no lights so its not too pretty right now. I am planning on ordering about 40 or so more lbs of LR
from dr foster and smith. I tested the water and haven't seen much of a spike at all. All the levels are still at 0. the rock and sand have been in for a little over a week. I'm assuming since the rock was already cured in my friends tank, Im not going to see much of a cycle.
I hope the 40lbs I order online will help it out. Should I still try and throw a raw shrimp in there to jump start the cycle? I am getting some brown algae on the glass and sand. The MH
lights are on about 8 hrs and the actinic are on about 10 hours (it comes on 1 hr before the MH
and shuts off 1 hour after the MH
turn off). Is that too much time?
Also, I was thinking about ordering some "real" live sand and mixing that with the stuff I already have to get some creatures in the sand bed. What do you think? Sorry if this is hard to read but the cable guy is here and is about to switch my cable services and I needed to get this posted before I lose the connection while he is making the switch! Its a race against time! =)