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Old 12-31-2004, 10:55 PM   #1
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Is something wrong?

I just set up my tank. I added my salt adn then i put in my aragonite (sand). I have been letting it sit for about 2 hours but it doesn't seem to be getting any clearer. What should i do? Should I keep the PH, Skimmer, And filter running or should I turn them off? TIA
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I would turn them off for a while. It may take a couple of days for the tank to clear all the way. Once it clears, you can restart everything. However, the skimmer won't do anything for a while because there won't be anything in there for it to skim.
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Old 01-01-2005, 12:50 AM   #3
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Did you add a cocktail shrimp or LR to start the cycle?
The sand won't settle till it coated with bacteria. You need something in the tank to start the nitrogen cycle and get your bacteria growing.

Even with that my tank took a couple of weeks to really settle (300 pounds of sand)
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Nope my tank is going to be fish only. I didn't add a shrimp i guess i will tommorrow.
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A cocktail shrimp, the kind you would eat. Just one fresh, raw shrimp to start decaying and jump start your cycle...
How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

Then again, if your ordered your LR that will start your cycle for you
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Can i put my base rock in the tank even though the water is still kinda cloudy?
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Old 01-01-2005, 07:42 PM   #7
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Sure. Why not? Just a little hard to see the set up. I would have put the base rock in first though then the sand around it.
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I just put the rocks in. It looks great! It's starting to clear up more. I turned on the filter and the pH to help it get going. I also got some water and sand from an established tank at my LFS he said that this would start the cycle is that true? Do i need anything else?
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The water won't do anything, but the sand should help start the cycle. Were there any fish in the tank the water came from? If so I would not add any fish to the the tank for 5-6 weeks just to be sure there are no parasites.

Don't ever add water from a lfs to your tank if there were fish in the tank it came from.
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The water won't do anything, but the sand should help start the cycle. Were there any fish in the tank the water came from? If so I would not add any fish to the the tank for 5-6 weeks just to be sure there are no parasites.

Don't ever add water from a lfs to your tank if there were fish in the tank it came from.
Oh no! I am not sure. Did i mess up is it going to be ok? Do u think i should still add the cocktail shrimp?
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