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Old 05-14-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Help cycling!

Why won't my tank start cycling? I bought live rock of a friend, well.... Maybe it was live. It had been out of water approximately 3 weeks. So I put it in my tank along with live sand and waited a week to see if I got an ammonia spike but it never came.so then I added a raw shrimp and I'm a week into it decaying and the levels are still the same. I just added a piece of live rock from my lfs today, is there something else I have to do to start the cycle?
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Cycle your salt tank

Here is our article on it. If it was out of the water for three weeks then it was not live. You can take care of curing the LR and cycling the tank. How long has it been since you added the shrimp?
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The shrimp has been in the tank since monday, its already decaying.
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It`s still just barely enough time. You`ll start to see something soon.
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Hopefully, I'm anxious to start.
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thanks for the advice
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Another question.... Throughout it cycling how am I supposed to run my tank? I just have the water pump circulating the water. Oh, also running a heater. What am I supposed to do in regards of light, I keep the light off at all times. As far as filtration, there is none. I have a media basket but haven't put anything in yet because I figured I would just wait for the cycle to end.
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yea leaving the lights off is a good idea and you can run filtration now if you want
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How long did it take for your levels to rise when you used the shrimp to cycle hack?
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I started with a 36g tank with 36g of LR and cycled in about 2 weeks. Each tank is different, just check your levels to make sure your tank is actually cycled before trying to add anything.
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