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Old 01-31-2008, 07:33 PM   #1
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live rock

OK I got my tank set up w/ water.
I have a 30 long tank
I have a emperor 280 filter
Jager 150w heater
AC powerhead.
Getting skimmer next week.
Lights I was told I didn't need till the rock cycled the tank (true/false?)

I received my live rock today.
I put it in a bucket w/ tank water and gave it a little scrubbing
and put the rock in the tank.

I want this live rock to cycle my tank.
Step by step, what do I do next?
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:52 PM   #2
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True you dont need your lights other than to view it .
As for cycling it just let the die off from the rock take over , monitor your ammonia once you see that spike you know you have enough die off , some folks place a pinch or two of food in too . All you need is something to decay to start the process of the cycle . Looks like you got some nice rock too
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Looks good so far. Your rock looks like it has some great coloring on it. The advantage to having a fresh tank setup with no live stock is the ability to cycle it with LR.
When I set mine up a while back, I rinsed it off with salt water and put it in the tank just as you did. I would go ahead and run your heater, pumps, power heads, and lighting as if you had live stock in there. Just put your lights on a cycle (day/night) if you can. Also make sure your SG level is where you want it to be (I keep mine at 1.022-1.023)
Lastly, sit back and watch for little critters that will most likely make their way out. At the end of about 6 weeks, you will want to do a pretty good size water change (40-50%) to remove any debris and dead organisms that came off the rock during the cycle.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:58 PM   #4
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Almost forgot. Get about 4 raw cocktail shrimp from the grocer and drop them in. This will defintely help kick start the cycle for sure.

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Take three of those shrimp out. For a 30g, you'll only need one. More, in this case, is not better. Trust me.
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Any water changes during the cycle?
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Old 01-31-2008, 11:45 PM   #7
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OMG! Sorry about that. I forgot it was a 30g. I guess in the picture it looks much larger. Yes, 1 shrimp would be just fine in that case.

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Old 02-01-2008, 12:58 AM   #8
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I'm using a seeded filter off of a fresh water tank.
I guy told me that the freshwater bacteria will die off...is this true?
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Also would this light be good for a fish and live rock tank?

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...lestriplight30

If not my second option would be this....

http://www.bigalsonline.com/BigAlsUS...arstriplightsw
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I would suggest getting the best light there is regardless of cost. It allows you to do so much more with your tank. Also 3 other questions.

Are you using RO/DI water very important in saltwater.
And what skimmer did you choose to buy (Skimmer is a great decision)
Also do you have a refractometer to test SG best investment you will ever make
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