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Old 02-12-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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dry rock question

i have a 125g gallon that is about to be set up im just wondering how long i should let the tank run with just the rock and sand in it and if i need to add anything to the tank to get it to cure or if i have to cure it in a seperate place?(if it matters with no fish in the tank)

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You will need to add an ammonia source to start the cycle. a raw shrimp or two will work. People even use pure ammonia.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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now im using a live sand activator kit will that do the trick or will i still need to add the ammonia
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What on earth is a "live sand activator kit"?
Forget it, I just googled it. That is going to do nothing but waste your money.
Yes, you still need an ammonia source. Just got get a couple cocktail shrimp from the supermarket for a dollar and toss them in the tank.
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do i have to get live sand?
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No. If you want a sand bed, just buy the dry sand. Rinse it very well to remove the dust, and add it. It will become live on it's own eventually. I would do that before you add the ammonia source though. The bacteria colony you are creating with the ammonia will reside on surfaces. You want the sand to get covered with bacteria also.
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i see and the dry rock will do the same theoretically right?
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Yep. you got it.
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cool and how long should the cycle be and is there anything i need to add other than ammonia while its cycling?
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Nothing else needs to be added. A cycle can last a couple weeks to a month, give or take. Do you have liquid test kits? You will need to start testing in a couple/few weeks.
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