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Old 10-23-2009, 11:39 PM   #1
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Cycling with live rock

Hey Guys, just a quick cycling question... I got my water right my live sand down an my 35lbs of live rock in my tank. Do I just drop my raw uncooked shrimp in to begin my first cycle?

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Old 10-23-2009, 11:42 PM   #2
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your cycle possibly could of started for having the live rock already. unless it has been cured from a tank that was well established. if not, then your tank is cycling with the live rock you have now.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:37 AM   #3
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thats a good point but my rock is a mix of about 75% cured and 25% uncured.. So would you recommend that i put maybe 1 raw shrimp in there to help the cycle?
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Old 10-24-2009, 03:25 AM   #4
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So that wont mess up anything that could have started? I think i should be okay judging by my water level readings which are:

Nitrate: 20mg/L
Nitrite: 0mg/L
Ammonia: .5mg/L
PH: 8.1
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Here are some pics of my tank at its current status with the live rock and 2 pieces of white dry lock:
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so far so good. what tank is that? maybe consider in buying more live rock?
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btw im in your position also. im cycling a tank at the moment too
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Go ahead and add the one shrimp. Have you read our article on SW cycling?
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:10 AM   #10
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Go ahead and add the one shrimp. Have you read our article on SW cycling?
Yep i read the article i just thought i should ask because i did have a mix of cured and uncured rock and i didn't know if adding the shrimp would mess up the cycle.. hah
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