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Old 04-25-2005, 08:23 PM   #1
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Live Rock and base rock question

Once I add my base rock, I start my cycle...but, should I wait to add my lr until the cycle is complete or is it okay to add the lr right at the start of the cycle..If I add it later then I will hold of on ordering the LR, but if it doesnt matter ill go ahead and buy it....
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:28 PM   #2
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I added my shrimp to start the cycle, two days later my baserock came in so i put that in, after two weeks i added my liverock, i did this so that my levels wouldnt be too high so not as much would die off from the LR including my hitchhickers. It doesnt really matter though, if you wait to add your LR you may go through another mini cycle, at least i did. If you have your baserock now, and everything else you need i would start it right now, then go ahead and order your LR, you can wait a little if you want. Maybe some other people cane recommend what they did. Good luck.
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

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Old 04-25-2005, 08:41 PM   #3
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My base rock should be in this week once that comes in all i need to do is set up my sump and then start the cycle...once the cycle is started i will go ahead and order my LR once that is in Ill add it....does this seem reasonable? or should I go about doing it a different way ? ?

Also, I herd that a "In sump skimmer" is not necessary right away from many people, so can i start the cycle and have the cycle completed with my first two fish in it ? and then buy the skimmer?? or would it be ideal to have it before the fish?

Thanks a lot
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50 Gal. Oceanic Tank w/ Stand
2 MJ-1200
2 Visa-therm heaters
Argonite playsand(about 4-5" deep)
Wet/Dry filter with lr rubble
30lbs. of base rock from hirocks.com
70lbs lr from lr.com-30 keys 10 gulf
mag drive 7 pump
ro water - about 60 gal w/ sump
clean up crew....nearing the end of cycle
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Old 04-25-2005, 08:58 PM   #4
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looks good to me. the skimmer can also wait IMO. I would think before you do anything along the line of corals, which should be months away, you should def. have a skimmer by then.
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

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Old 04-25-2005, 09:06 PM   #5
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yah once I get into corals...not for a while...but i do plan on haveing a skimmer long before then...its just that i would like to have the more important thing before the least...
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Argonite playsand(about 4-5" deep)
Wet/Dry filter with lr rubble
30lbs. of base rock from hirocks.com
70lbs lr from lr.com-30 keys 10 gulf
mag drive 7 pump
ro water - about 60 gal w/ sump
clean up crew....nearing the end of cycle
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Old 04-26-2005, 03:03 PM   #6
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IMO get the LR now once its in the tank start cycle. Putting the LR in at the start will speed up your cycle. During the cycle your growing the bacteria necessary to breakdown ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. LR already has those bacteria so your speeding up the process.
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