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Old 07-22-2011, 09:31 PM   #11
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I do belive you woudl cycle the same way just using an ammonia source such as a shrimp or straight pure ammonia. That will build up the bacteria colonies which in turn will put "life" into your rock. What are you using for filtration? Hob?
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Ok, thanks. I figured it would be along the same lines for cycling with live rock (I was planning on a shrimp in a fine mesh net), just a little slower. I cycled my 55g FW with pure ammonia, but didn't think it could be done in the same way with SW? Good to know.

I have a pair of Marineland Maxi-Jet Pro 400's as I wanted plenty of circulation (and Foster & Smith were having a decent sale on them), but I'm now considering adding or replacing one of the 400's with a HOB filter until the base rock has some growth on it?
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Hmm it's up to you what youd prefer. I would recommend some sort of mechanical filtration whether its a hob or canister. I've used oneor the other on all my tanks so far with good results. I'm new to the world of sumps lol, just put my first one together recently.
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Well, I figured a sump might be a little overkill on a 20g Maybe not.

But (trying to keep somewhat on the thread's topic!), I was also figuring on running without a protein skimmer once the base develops in to live rock as I'm fairly religious about PWC. One of the appeals of live rock is in the job it does of filtering down the water somewhat.
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If you are that good about doing pwc's you could probably get away without one. My cube doesnt use one and I didn't use one on my other 29g for a while. You just gotta keep the filters cleaned and the water changed.
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