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Old 07-09-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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how the heck do I cycle?

I'm way ahead of myself on this one and i'll probably get a million different answers but I'm all ears on how to properly cycle my 125 with a 55 fuge/sump
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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Put a dead shrimp or a couple for that size tank in a net and put it in the tank. You can also dose pure ammonia. Fish in cycles work but are cruel as they burn the fishes gills.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:16 AM   #3
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^ that is it in a nut shell. Test water for ammonia the first week then check for the nitrite and nitrate spikes.
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:51 AM   #4
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How long to keep the shrimp in there? With live rock and live sand right?
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I say leave it until you can't stand the rotting smell.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:11 AM   #6
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Lmao! I approx how long will it take
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:18 AM   #7
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I was one of the not so smart people who started a tank before joining. My research has led me to believe the shrimp or pure ammonia dosing to be best.

I used bottled bacteria and I guess I got lucky as it worked and all three original fish and inverts I added lived.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:14 PM   #8
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There is also Dr Tims "One & Only". Other store-bought bacteria products do not seem to always work, but I tried this and it worked great for me. Lots of info on their site.
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:00 PM   #9
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The cycle could take up to a couple months, depending on how much live Rick you've added.
Use that time for researching your stock list
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Old 07-10-2012, 06:02 PM   #10
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Don't add live Rick. He won't like it.
But live rock is another story.
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