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Old 02-02-2005, 06:13 AM   #1
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Impact of carbon use during cycle

Although I have no reason to think that it would, I'd just like to ask experienced folks if the use of carbon during the cycle will prolong the cycling period. I needed to use it to kill the smell of the two corpses in my tank (jumbo shrimp), which it did remarkably well (at least for now).

The smell was a bit of a nuisance, considering that the tank is about 18 inches from where I am sitting right now.

Thanks for any light you may shed on this.

BTW - I'm in day 5 of the cycle with elevated temp and rotting shrimp flesh, and I think I'm JUST seeing nitrites. I don't know how it's possible for people on this and other boards to report completing an entire cycle in 1 week. Oh, well.....I'll just have to be patient.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 02-02-2005, 01:34 PM   #2
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carbon won't affect the cycle. It's going to take two weeks.
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Old 02-02-2005, 03:21 PM   #3
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Thanks. How about the use of chemicals such as Prime, which purport to eliminate the toxicity of the Big 3 without impacting the cycle?

(I have no reason to use it, because there's no macro life in there yet. Just want to be as well-informed as possible.)
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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