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Old 01-29-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
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should i add lr?

Tanks been cycling for 3 days. Levels are salinity 1.021 ammonia 0 nitrates/trites 0 temp is 78 ph is 8.2 (lights off) 8.4 (lights on) and yea. After work I plan on picking up maybe a 6lb piece to start with. But should I add it this soon? Thanks in advance everyone.
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From those numbers I don't think your cycle has started yet. You need ammonia source. And you should always add all your rock before your cycle. Get all rock in ASAP and throw in a cocktail shrimp or even some pure household ammonia to give ammonia spike to kick start cycle.

Important: don't use pure ammonia if have any type of livestock. Liverock is ok tho. Only do few capfuls just to get ammonia reading. Safer is the cocktail shrimp but will take longer for ammonia spike
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You should add all live rock now, so that it all cycles at the same time. Adding rock later will just drag out the cycle and adding rock while you have livestock is very dangerous because it could cause spikes that can kill things.
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:22 PM   #4
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I picked up 2 pieces today weighing about 8lbs total. I don't really have extra $$ to pick up as much as id like so until I get paid again this is what I'm workin with. I just need this to cycle fast so I can get my dottyback away from my mean yellowtail. They will meet again but I think wit the extra space and introducing the tang last I have a better chance of success.
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:23 PM   #5
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How would adding lr cause spikes? And spikes in what?
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:10 PM   #6
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Spikes in ammonia. Live rock is covered with dead things when it comes from the LFS, unless it's truly cured. What size tank is this?
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
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Its a 55 gal fowlr. Or its going to be. Haha. Ammo spikes makes sense. But with my 25 I started with like 10lbs and moved upto about 25lbs and I added that all piece by piece and never had any spikes. Maybe I just got lucky. :/
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I would skip the tang. A 55 is not a big enough tank to keep one for very long. If you are going to get one anyway, I would buy a tiny scopus or kole tang. The rest are big swimmers, and will be stressed to be in such a small environment.
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The two tangs you mention will thrive in a 55? Or just be ok?
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If it's very small it will be ok for a while, but I would not recommend any tang for a 55.
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