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Old 06-14-2005, 10:53 AM   #1
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Should I just start the cycle?

Hello All,
After 5 agonizing days of slow fill by my RO/DI unit, my tank is almost filled. Just put in some Caribsea Aragonite sand yesterday, and even after rinsing it, it is incredibly cloudy.

I was wondering:
Should I wait until the cloudiness clears before adding LS and a cocktail shrimp to start the cycle?

Or should I just go ahead and add the LS and shrimp?

Also, regardless of what I do, should I run my powerheads, or leave them off, to let all the sand settle (or maybe even stick some filter media in the PH inlet to help get some of the fine particles...).

Sorry for the long list of questions, and as always, thanks.

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Old 06-14-2005, 11:09 AM   #2
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I would add the sand and shrimp and let it set, then after is clear turn on the powerheads.
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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The cycle itself will help in reducing the cloudiness. The beneficial bacteria will grow and attach to the sand particles making them settle.
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when adding sand to a tank with water try adding it through a piece of PVC 2-3" dia. It needs to be long enough to reach the bottom. this should help reduce any new sand storm.
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I agree go ahead and start your cycle. I would run the powerheads.
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Thank you for all of the help.

Fluff (or anyone else), should I run the powerheads with filter media (or piece of sponge) to filter out the fine fine sand, or just run them and let the tiny bits collect bacteria and settle where they may?

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or just run them and let the tiny bits collect bacteria and settle where they may?


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^agreed
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Old 06-14-2005, 06:32 PM   #9
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Yep adding LS willl cloud your water again anyways so go ahead and start it.
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Well, LS is in and 2 shrimp were added... Have no idea what happened to them, as they spun then sunk into my primordial powerhead-swirled ooze.

Thanks again everyone for your help... parameters to be passed on if anything interesting or unusual happens.
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