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Old 03-24-2005, 03:05 AM   #1
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starting a new cycle with brine cubes¿

can i start a cycle in a new tank with a brine cube??? i have liverock in the tank. Plus is there anything i need to do before i start the cycle? check ph, ammonia levels etc.????
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Use a whole, RAW shrimp. (I used two, which sent ammonia to 8+ and perfumed the house nicely).
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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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Agree with Midiman.
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Re: starting a new cycle with brine cubes¿

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can i start a cycle in a new tank with a brine cube??? i have liverock in the tank. Plus is there anything i need to do before i start the cycle? check ph, ammonia levels etc.????
You can do this - I know of others who have. Any source of waste matter will get the job done. But it will probably stink things up in your house pretty good. IMO, stick with the cocktail shrimp.
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Yes, a noble cocktail shrimp has to be sacrificed for the cause. With how much money I'm spending on my new tank, the ones in my house eating shrimp are my fish and mantis.
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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
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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