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Old 02-03-2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Hi All,

I will be starting my cycle tomorrow with salted RO water from the Lfs with live rock. Just a quick question will I need to add ammonia to boost the cycle?

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Old 02-03-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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Yes. Need ammonia source for cycle and bacteria growth. Do fish less cycle with a cocktail shrimp decaying in tank. Don't add any live stock until ammonia 0 and nitrites 0. You can also add household ammonia. Will give you quicker ammonia spike. I would say 3 or 4ppm is plenty of spike. Add capful at a time.
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If it's live rock from tubs at your LFS, I doubt you will need to add an ammonia source. When you add the rock to your aquarium, there will most likely be die-off from the rocks, and those things that die-off will provide all the ammonia necessary to begin your cycle.

Put the live rock in your tank, hold off for a day or so, test the water chemistry and if you don't see any ammonia, wait a couple more days to test again. If you still don't see any ammonia, then I would say you had minimal die-off and the nitrifying bacteria on the live rock is doing what it's supposed to and you should be good to start adding livestock.

Still, don't rush anything. Give the tank a few days as you will most likely see die-off from the rocks as that is pretty much how it goes unless you bought some seriously cured live rock that has been sitting in buckets for a long long time.
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Thanks guys. I will keep you posted
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:33 AM   #5
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Hi Guys,

Right then I have set up the tank now. I bought salted RO water 13kg of live rock 40lbs live sand and some standard rock for filtration along with some live rock in the sump which in time will turn to live rock. I set up the aquascape in the water then added the live sand. Now I am waiting for the tank to clear and settle. It's taking ages lol

Woke up this morning and found a little life in the tank can anyone identify?

I'm going to cycle for a week and test the parameters and then start introducing the clean up crew




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Hard to tell. But could be small bristle Worm
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You might have to wait more then a week depending on your water parameters. Take more pics when the tank clears up.
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