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Old 01-06-2004, 05:33 PM   #1
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cycling w/LR and LS

I am trying to figure out how to cycle our 55 gal. tank.
I have 30 lbs of live rock in it and 40 pounds of live sand in it. My tank has been running for 7 days now with many critters running around (from the LR). My salinity level is between 1.022 and 1.024 and temp is always at 78. I have read many suggestions about cycling with damsels and cycling with raw shrimp, however, the live sand that I put in had said on the package that there is "no waiting". It is natures ocean brand and on its website it says that there is no need to wait to put in fish with this sort of sand. I am really confused with this. Am I ready to put in fish yet?? How long do I need to wait....I thought LR and LS was supposed to speed up the cycling process.
Any help with this would be wonderful....again I am very confused and I just need to know what my next step in this whole process is.

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Old 01-06-2004, 05:52 PM   #2
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yea the baggeed live sand has the bacteria for cycling but i would do what most here do and add a raw shrimp from your grocery store when its gone test your ater and imo ya good for a fish

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Old 01-06-2004, 08:12 PM   #3
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Well you are only safe to have fish when all levels are at 0 (ph, temp, and salinity need not be at 0 but should be at what they should be at)
A 46 gal bow front (Soft coral) reef tank with a 10 gal sump. And a 30 gal (SPS and Clam) reef tank hooked up to the sump of the 46 so they share water.
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Old 01-07-2004, 03:40 PM   #4
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Definitely check your ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate levels. I cycled my tank using rock from www.liverocks.com. I never got an ammonia spike, but my nitrites did spike up for a couple of weeks and then trailed off to zero. I didn't add fish until my nitrites hit zero, and so far so good.
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