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Old 06-09-2014, 07:30 PM   #31
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New 30 gallon reef build!

Ok folks I'm moving along. Display tank is about full of water. Hope to get rock in tonight. I plan on just putting powerhead on it until I get my sump full enough to run the whole system. Is that ok? Do lights need to be on to cycle the tank? Also any other way then a shrimp to get ammonia spike. I heard there is some over the counter stuff like uncle toms something???
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:49 PM   #32
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I what's stopping you from running your whole system? You will get some bb in your sump and everything also so I would run it of you can. Should be ok to run just the power head if you really need to until you get the sump going. I did the shrimp method for the first time with my last cycle and worked great.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:53 PM   #33
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As for the additives I always do a little in addition to shrimp. Some are against it but it's always worked great for me. I normally cycle within a week or 2. Others use flake food, brine shrimp, or other fish food in place of a full shrimp. You need something for the bacteria to feed on to multiply.
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Thanks, how bad does the shrimp stick?
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:43 PM   #35
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:42 PM   #36
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Thanks, how bad does the shrimp stick?

The shrimp is nasty when u take it out. Worked well though!
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Is there a down side to having glass lids on a SW tank? Will it affect the reef?
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Ok put shrimp in today, 4-5 days right? Will it stink up house?
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Lack if room for gases to be released. Also have to clean it daily because of water condensation. I was always afraid of accidentally breaking it too. So I swapped it out for screen top
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Ok put shrimp in today, 4-5 days right? Will it stink up house?

You can't smell it when it's in the water.
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