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Old 05-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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Ok so I've got a couple things down but still so millions of things to learn.

So I have questions on rock. I'm just gunna buy all dry rock and cycle it like that for about a month and then put some lights on it. How is this gunna work? Give me some info greatly appreciated
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Ohh and forgot to add. It's a 20 long and I was gunna start out with like 17 pounds so I can add maybe some already cycled rock. Or should I just order like 21 pounds of dry rock?
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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Wouldn probably put 4 pounds of live rock
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Wouldn probably put 4 pounds of live rock
So do 16 pounds dry rock..let it cycle then put 4 pounds of live rock?
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Dry rock isn't going to cycle. It's just rock and nothing else. There's nothing decaying to create an ammonia source. 4 lbs of LR isn't going to cycle your tank either, but it will give you some good and bad hitchhikers. To actually cycle your tank you'll want to leave a table shrimp in a net or mesh bag in the tank or use pure ammonia for a less smelly route.

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Dry rock isn't going to cycle. It's just rock and nothing else. There's nothing decaying to create an ammonia source. 4 lbs of LR isn't going to cycle your tank either, but it will give you some good and bad hitchhikers. To actually cycle your tank you'll want to leave a table shrimp in a net or mesh bag in the tank or use pure ammonia for a less smelly route.

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Well can I still put all the dry rock in there and then just put the pure ammonia in there and after awhile it become live rock?
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Definitely! Exactly what I did and I have amphipods, copepods, sea squirts, mini brittle stars, stometalla snails, different worms, etc. The only pest I've found are fireworms. They all came from chaeto and whatever rock/plug my corals came on.
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You can buy the pure ammonia from a hardware store. It has to have no scent and I think no bubbles if you shake it. I got pure ammonia from Dr. Tim's aquatics. Dose very minimally.
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You can buy the pure ammonia from a hardware store. It has to have no scent and I think no bubbles if you shake it. I got pure ammonia from Dr. Tim's aquatics. Dose very minimally.
Thanks for the info. Much appreciated
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No problem. Waiting for the cycle to end is the hardest part, but you can spend time researching/making a stock list.
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