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Old 03-16-2011, 05:55 PM   #21
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@ronk you stated raw shrimp in your earlier post but it seemed as if xathos was confused as he only wanted to add lr. Just trying to help clear it up before it was an issue. Sorry xathos if you did understand and im the one whos confused

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Old 03-17-2011, 01:17 AM   #22
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Updated photos with 39 pounds of kaelini and fiji live rock. Now to begin the 3 week cycling process! I still don't have the rock setup the way I like it, trying to view different setups to get some creative ideas.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:47 AM   #23
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So before I add any fish after the tank is cycled, should I start with my clean up crew first? And what would you suggest for a brand new tank? Also how long after that should I add fish?
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:57 AM   #24
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better u wait till your tank is fully cycle...i did it before to my tank and it was a mistake....they just can survive for only 1 hours and started melting....the best way to add any live stock is after the process is complete....u can also add fish when ammonia n nitrite read 0....
anyway.....how u cycle your tank..?? only use LR..?? why not add some ammonia sources such raw shrimp or fish food...
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Yea, i'm definitely going to wait until the tank is cycled before adding the clean up crew, that's what I meant in the post, after all my levels are stable. I'm just using the live rock to cycle the tank. It's a brand new shipment from the lfs and it should be enough to cycle the tank no problem.
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It may or may not be worth to add the clean up crew. It all depends on what condition your tank is in. If you develop diatoms in the sand your snails will help turn that over. But I am not sure if you can get something that will actually feed on the diatoms.
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It looks like you got some great live rock to start with. I don't know how much live critters living in it. If you are doing the shrimp thing to cycle watch the tank and see if have any bristle worms. They will come out and eat it especially at night. I tried to cycle with shrimp in a tank but all did was feed the bristle worms I had a soft cycle. I still fed the tank every other day with a pinch of food just to make sure the bacteria was enough to take care of any bioload I was going to put in it.
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Starting a New Aquarium, wanting to use some old items

Posted in The Wrong Forum. Sorry.
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the live rock should be enough to start the cycle
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:22 PM   #30
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Just did a test of my water using the API test kit and my results are:

Ammonia 0.25ppm
PH 8.2
Nitrite 5.0ppm
Nitrate 160 ppm
Salinity 1.021 but i just added more.
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