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Old 07-17-2009, 10:30 AM   #11
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If you use enough cured LR, you can sometimes skip the cycle. The best way to tell is add a pinch of food and test for the next few days for ammonia/nitrItes, if not rise, you can add a fish.

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If you add in all live rock, and no base, how does this effect the cycle? Should you still use the shrimp to kick start something?
Not really kick jump but feeding existing bacteria.

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If you can afford it, the reason for adding baserock is the cost. Baserock is cheaper then LR. The reason for the shrimp is to add an ammonia source. Straight LR will cycle your tank if you have enough of it. And this is where people get in trouble. The liverock will make your readings look good and most people will make the mistake and add a bunch of fish and or corals and overwhelm their tank, causing a crash due to not enough bacteria to handle the increased load.
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k so the shrimp has been in there for 3 days now and its real fuzzy looking like its in a cacoon or fuzz. is this how it should be looking?

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