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Old 06-21-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Cycling with base rock...

Is it possible to cycle with only base rock and an ammonia source or do i need some LR to help the process along?
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Live rock helps, but you can do without it too.
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Will it take longer or should I pick up a small piece and try to scrub some coraline algae off?
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The algae has nothing to do with the bacteria that is being created through the cycling process. If you want the coralline algae, you can always add a little live rock later. The live rock can speed up the cycle a bit, but IMO, the addl cost does not make it worth the time saved.
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So basically an ammonia source is all i really need at the current time...?
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So basically an ammonia source is all i really need at the current time...?
I would suggest adding 1-2 lbs if base or live rock before you add any ammonia source .
Adding too much rocks later can cause ammonia to spike and restart the nitrification cycle again.
Essentially you want everything in there you want except live stock before you add a few pieces of raw shrimp .
Nitrification bacteria can be purchased to speed up the cycle but I would highly recommend letting nature do what it was meant to .
Take your time , do not rush .
It will pay off later
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