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Old 01-09-2004, 12:58 PM   #1
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LR/LS in, Now how long?

I know I am over anxious, so help me out. I put my LR/LS in 5 days ago and waited 3 days to start testing for amonia. 1st test was off the chart, and I did not bother on the next since I knew it was still gong to be high. Just for S#@*s and giggles i tested today and the amonia was at 0.1 and the Nitrites were at 4ppt.

The real question is how long does the cycle take, and can it happen faster using LR and LS? I have a 60 gallon with 45 pounds of LR and 30 pounds of LS. Very little die off on the rock when I got it, and after 6 days, no algae anywhere in the tank that I can see. Maybe a little starting on the rock, but none on the glass or sand.

What next and when do I need to add snails or crabs to maintain algae?
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This is one of those mysteries of nature. There honestly is no fixed timeframe to tell you. I wishthere was. Then we coudl say "A tank cycle will take 15 days from start to finish. On day 16 you can begin to add fish". But in honesty we cant judge such things that exact. Depending on the quality of your live rock and live sand and how much dieoff you get from transport and how cured it was before you got it will factor how long it takes to cycyle the tank.

I have seen people's cycles take as long as 2 months and others take less than a week. When your at a point that you have no detectable ammonia and no detectable nitrite then your at a poitn where you can do a decent water change 25% or so and add a fish to your system. Even when the cycle is finished its important to not jump the gun and load the tank up with fish and inverts quickly since the tank will still need time to mature.
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Patience is the most important part of this hobby. Most people at that point would add 1 fish and see how the tank handles the "bioload" After I got the 1 fish I would wait another 2 weeks and retest and than you can SLOWLY start adding things.
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Funny enough I do not want to add any fish, even I think it is too early and want to take it very slowly. What I want to do is add some snails to keep the algae from growing too much and having to play catch up later. My first fish will not be for at least a month.
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What I want to do is add some snails to keep the algae from growing too much and having to play catch up later
What most do when cycling the tank is leave the lights off or run them very a VERY short period of the day like >=4hrs This will either cause the algae to only grow a little if even at all.. My LR was About as cured as it could be and my cycle was done in just a few days but I waited a week or so just to make sure..

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