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Old 03-16-2011, 04:10 PM   #11
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So just a little update, my tank has cleared up quite a lot, but my salinity is a little too low. 1.016.. I just added some salt to raise it.. i'll check it again in 30 minutes or so.. I was planning on adding my live rock today/tomorrow so I can begin the cycling process, is there any reason I should wait for this? Does the Salinity have to be perfect for live rock ? Or can it be 1.020?
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:15 PM   #12
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Your salinity should change almost instantly once you add more salt. If you added more salt you should be ok now. Get that rock in there. Try and add it all in one shot if you could.
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What method are you going to use for your cycle?
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:19 PM   #14
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I was just gonna use 40 pounds of the live rock to cycle, from what I read I thought that was all I needed, I could be wrong though. Do I still need to do a fishless cycle even with the live rock in there? I thought it made it easier so I didn't have to do that.
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That is good for your live rock. But you have to add a source of ammonia to the tank. You can add pure ammonia. Some use raw shrimp. Get a good liquid test kit to monitor your levels.
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The population would recomend a fishless cycle. Your live rock will help speed up the cycle but your levels will still spike and fish will suffer.
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Yea, I definitely don't want to add fish for at least 3 weeks until all my levels are normalized. But I didn't think I wanted to add shrimp or anything at all cept the live rock.
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You need to add the ammonia for your bacteria to feed on. this is when you will start seeing nitrite levels raise and then turned into nitrate. Eventually ammonia and nitrite will go to 0. And then your good
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I believe the shrimp ronk was reffering to comes from a grocer, get some as unprocessed as you can meaning uncooked unflavored frozen is ok.
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Yes good catch. Raw shrimp
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