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Old 01-17-2006, 11:21 PM   #1
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Lighting during cycle

I've read some places that lights should be kept off during the cycling period.....is this right or would you leave them on normal 8-10 hrs/day?
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:44 PM   #2
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Well if you want light on the cycle no more then 3hrs a day, I suggest NO LIGHT otherwise expect a huge outbreak of algae.
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Old 01-17-2006, 11:53 PM   #3
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without light though, wont whats on the LR die? or not?
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Old 01-18-2006, 12:00 AM   #4
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Your Cycling right? If you are you want die off thats what cycles your tank//

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Some people do weekly water changes I Suggest let it be and once Ammonia and Nitrites are 0 then do a water change..

Once you do a water change wait 2-5 days and do another test..

Ammonia and Nitrites Should be 0

Nitrates <20 ppm this is the biggest Battle

Weekly brush anything that looks dead on your rock..

Do you have sand or bare bottom?

I would suggest Bare Bottom First..

Then Siphon all the Decayed stuff once its cycled..

I wish I did it like my friend he added PVC Pieces for the rock to elevate it then once cycled he added sand..

You can do it like I did it but its harder to clean sand..
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Once your Nitrates are less then 20ppm you can then add a cleanup crew.. But its very hard to get Nitrates down for me and I dont know why.. My nitrates are 20ppm..
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In time Life will come back about 3-6months, My tank has been running for 3 months and Life is coming, I have ton of pods in my tank, Coraline algae, And some corals that came with my rock, I also seen some feather dusters..

Its kind of weird what happens but life goes deep in crevices and survive, some will die but most if not all will come back..
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i know the LR has to be in contact with the bottom of the aquarium...but wouldnt it be a lot harder to add the sand AROUND the rocks?? but youre right, it would make cleaning up after cycling a bit easier
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Where in MD are you? I'm in Clinton, near Andrews AFB.

Come get some xenia once you're well established. 8)
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i know the LR has to be in contact with the bottom of the aquarium...but wouldnt it be a lot harder to add the sand AROUND the rocks??
That’s why drillsar mentioned the use of PVC to raise the rocks which has tons of benefits other than just keeping them from sinking in the sand.
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im in hagerstown, way out west......i might take you up on that xenia offer in a few months though....

using PVC to raise the rocks would require too much effort......haha....wont the cleanup crew do a good enough job of cleaning the sand once the cycling is complete? so do i leave the lights on during the day for a few hours or not??
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