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Old 01-28-2005, 08:48 PM   #1
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just to be clear

To cycle a tank that I am going to use live rock in.?

substrate - water - rock all at once..?

or

substrate and water then let cycle then rock.??

a 20 GA tank so I will be getting about 25 lbs of rock..

Also when can I add my hermit crabs and snails?

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Old 01-28-2005, 09:16 PM   #2
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You should add your substrate, water and rock. Use your lr rock to cycle the tank. Once the tank is fully cycled, then you can add your hermits and snails.
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so any life on the live rock will live through the cycle process
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Old 01-28-2005, 09:29 PM   #4
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I had a high ammonia spike and had all my hitchers survive.
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40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
10 Gal refugium(chaeto) & seaclone skimmer
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i disagree ! imo its be alot easier on the critters if the tank was some what set up over putting them into brand new water but your choice
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Yeah, your chances of keeping more hitchikers would be to setup your substrate, water, then get the lr in there a few days afterwards. This will give some time for the salinity, temp, and pH to adjust. HTH

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To help stabalize the rock Most people add the LR before the substrate and the put substrate around it. That will give it some more security from toppleovers. I used the lr to cycle. without it there would not be any cycle started unless you where using another source of ammonia.
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4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
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bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
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