Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-16-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
reisy00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 98
Need some help starting!

If I am going to use live sand and live rock do I have to get my water cycled first and up to temp? Or do I just put in my live sand and live rock then add my water and get everything running. I feel if my water is not cycled and up to temp the good bacteria I paided for well die off?
__________________

__________________
reisy00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
obscurereef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,301
No you don;t need to cycle before adding the LR. You;ll want another ammonia source b/c the LR might not be enough, or it will lengthen the cycle if you don't. You can just get a shrimp at your grocery store and put it in a net or stocking. There will be some die off from the LR, but a lot will survive so don't worry about that! Good LR has all types of organisms that will populate your tank and add to your ecosystem. Good luck
__________________

__________________
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

- Winston Churchill
obscurereef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 09:58 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Beengirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,308
You'll want your rock on the tank for the cycle. Don't need to cycle first. Just make sure when you put the rock in tank, that its actually salty. don't wanna put the rock into RO water. Have fun with your new tank!!
__________________
Beengirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2012, 11:59 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
reisy00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 98
Should I mix the salt out of the tank then add or mix it in the tank and turn the powerheads on to help.
__________________
reisy00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 12:10 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Beengirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,308
Quote:
Originally Posted by reisy00
Should I mix the salt out of the tank then add or mix it in the tank and turn the powerheads on to help.
If the tank is empty right now, you can do it either way.
__________________
Beengirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 12:33 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
reisy00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 98
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beengirl View Post
If the tank is empty right now, you can do it either way.
So the tank has to be empty if I am going to do it that way? wont it make the tank really cloudy if I add the sand after the water?
__________________
reisy00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 02:20 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Beengirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,308
Quote:
Originally Posted by reisy00

So the tank has to be empty if I am going to do it that way? wont it make the tank really cloudy if I add the sand after the water?
I meant empty as in no living things in the tank. Yes, the tank will be cloudy for a couple of days, unless you're willing to scoop the sand in cupful by cupful and place the cup all the way to the bottom with each cup, there's really no way around the tank being cloudy. It'll clear up in 2-3 days.
__________________
Beengirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 02:55 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
reisy00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 98
thanks beengirl! Should my heater be on during cycle?
__________________
reisy00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 03:48 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Beengirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,308
Quote:
Originally Posted by reisy00
thanks beengirl! Should my heater be on during cycle?
NP!! Yes, in fact I've heard that turning the temp up into mid 80's will help the bacteria grow faster. Just don't forget to let tank cool back down to 78 before you add fish!! I did this, although cant say for certain that it helped. I do know that bacteria like warmth, though. Also, the salt will dissolve better in warm water.
__________________
Beengirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 07:38 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
reisy00's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 98
Does anyone have or had a CPR refugium? Just wondering how high it sticks off the top of the tank?
__________________

__________________
reisy00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
starting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.