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Old 03-20-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Started Cycling

Okay so I have all of the supplies together for my first saltwater tank, a 40b. I have about 30 gallons of sw in a 32 gallon garbage bin. So tell me if I'm doing okay so far. I made RODI water, put my heater and a power head, and about half of my dry rock, 25 pounds of it from reefrocks.net (the rock looks great). I mixed in my salt and then added a shrimp in a pantyhose. Is there anything else I should be doing other than waiting and testing?
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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Here's the pictures of the process.
The first one is the rock I didn't put in the can and the second is the water cycling.
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First test after two days

pH: 8.0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0
Ammonia: .50 ppm
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Looks like you're on the right tracks. Don't remove that shrimp!

You'll be curing the rock and cycling the tank at the same time by the looks of it. You probably didn't even need the shrimp but it won't do any harm. Might actually speed the process up. I would recommend renewing that water once the rock is cured then run it for another couple of weeks to make sure it's cycled. Curing will take about 4 weeks but could be longer.

Have you got a tank shot?
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Haha I just got it!
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Looks like you're on the right tracks. Don't remove that shrimp!

You'll be curing the rock and cycling the tank at the same time by the looks of it. You probably didn't even need the shrimp but it won't do any harm. Might actually speed the process up. I would recommend renewing that water once the rock is cured then run it for another couple of weeks to make sure it's cycled. Curing will take about 4 weeks but could be longer.

Have you got a tank shot?
No I still have my 40b set up with freshwater as of now. So what's the difference between curing rock and cycling? From my understanding I thought you had to put the rock in for the BB to settle into. Could you please elaborate for me? Thanks!
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No I still have my 40b set up with freshwater as of now. So what's the difference between curing rock and cycling? From my understanding I thought you had to put the rock in for the BB to settle into. Could you please elaborate for me? Thanks!
I probably should add that it is dry, never living rock.
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