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Old 06-07-2009, 09:03 PM   #11
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Ok...so I read again about the humane cycling process. We are going to go buy a shrimp (we have a biocube29). We have a couple of starfish, some feather duster tubeworms and a tiny shrimp. Will these die off while it's cycling? Also, will you please chime in on the purple bleaching out? Thanks again!
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If you believe the tank had cycled with the LR, try a pinch of fish food and wait about 3-4 days and read for ammonia/nitrItes. If none are present you don't need the shrimp.
The bleaching may be due to the transport of the rock/newer lighting/contact with air and will grow back.
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Okay, Yes the shrimp acts as your nitrogen source and will speed up your cycle. If you used all very cured LR you might only have a short cycle. If you go the cheaper route add the shrimp.
Don't add anything to your tank now. No Calcium, No Alk!!! Just cycle the tank and check your SG, Also as the cycle goes on you will need to test for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and SG. Find a liquid test kit, not the strip type. API is a good starter kit.
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If your live rock IS indeed cured, than as long as you have enough of it for your tank then cycling will not be too difficult. Just keep checking your perameters to make sure you do do not have ammonia, nitrate or nitrite spikes. If it is not cured then it will take quite a bit of time to cycle depending on the size of the tank. Once again, check the perameters and do PWC every day or so. Once your perameters are stable your good to go. Coraline in my tank always showed up as a hardened type algae, green in color, then turned white, and eventually purple. I cant tell you why but thats how it was in my tank.
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Will the animals I have on the LR die off from the cycling with the shrimp? The ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are all zero.
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