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Old 04-16-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to set up my first tank. It's an 80g tank and I plan on making it a reef tank. When I cycle the tank should I do it with or without live rock in it. Also I've read in some places that having animals like hermit crabs and snails in the tank will help to speed up the cycling process. Is this true?
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Yes you should put the live rock in and all.

Ive read that if you get raw shrimp from the store(non cooked, non breaded) and put them in, it helps cycle the tank and its better than risking a poor fishes life
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That does sound better then risking their lives. Hopefully I'll have everything purchased and set up and starting to cycle this weekend/early next week. I'm really looking forward to this!
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how much live rock are you planning on getting, the recommended amount is 1.5lbs per gal.
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yeah i bet id be excited if i had a 80G all together haha. for an 80 gallon id say get 5 raw shrimp to float around. i find this method good and usefully especially if your not looking to have a damsel in your tank. even then, they are about 5 bucks when shrimp are only 1-2 bucks for 5 haha. and they are disposable!
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I'm looking on getting about 90- 100lbs to start with. It seems like that will be enough. It will certainly be enough on my pocket xDDD
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I totally understand the pain that your pocket will experience, I had no idea till I started then it was to late to give up so I had to finish ( OUCH!)
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I use 1 raw, unseasoned jumbo shrimp per 30 gallons to cycle my tanks. Don't add the crabs or other inverts until the cycle is complete (they will love the shrimp!).
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You beat me to the punch. 5 is way overkill. Unless you're having shrimp on the barbie...
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