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Old 01-25-2005, 10:40 AM   #11
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Ok wait a minute (I might be a bit slow on the uptake today - I doing this while supervising a study hall of 7th graders!!!)

Do I take from this last post that I have to add a piece of shrimp into the LR tank AFTER the LR has completed the cycle and is fully cured?

The shrimp thing's got me puzzled a bit, I admit.
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-25-2005, 10:43 AM   #12
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Read the attached article above it explains the fishless cycle. Leave the shimp in for the duration of the cycle with the LR.
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:06 AM   #13
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yep let it rott
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:06 AM   #14
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I know about fishless cycling from my freshwater tanks, but I was never patient enough to use it!!!

I guess my confusion is as to why anything is needed at all if live rock is curing - I mean, dead is dead, right? Won't the last remnants of curing live rock serve as an ammonia source?

My question about ammonia is AFTER the rock has cured and the tank has fully cycled. What will sustain the cycle in a fully cycled tank with fully cured live rock and no other inhabitants? Should I "feed" the rock? If there were invert hitchhikers on the LR, I assume I have to feed them, too?

Shrimp cocktail for those guys, too?
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SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:18 AM   #15
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The shrimp will continue to decay and provide the amonia source until you add fish.
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Old 01-25-2005, 11:20 AM   #16
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Also, the typical cycle is 4-6 weeks, so the tank will most likely just be finishing the cysle when you return. If it is going to be longer before you add fish you can always add another small shrimp.
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