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Old 01-18-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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So i got a 90 Gallon tank and put live rock, about 175lbs which i got from someones tank and 80 lbs of reef live sand from my LFS. Its been running for about 3 weeks and i have not seen any changes in ammonia or nitrites. I was told that i would need fish to start the cycle but also that the live rock and live sand would do the job as well. Is there something that i am missing here. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:49 AM   #2
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So i got a 90 Gallon tank and put live rock, about 175lbs which i got from someones tank and 80 lbs of reef live sand from my LFS. Its been running for about 3 weeks and i have not seen any changes in ammonia or nitrites. I was told that i would need fish to start the cycle but also that the live rock and live sand would do the job as well. Is there something that i am missing here. Any help is appreciated.
You need something to kick start the ammonia. Just having LR & sand won't do anything for the cycling process. Some people add a hardy fish or two to start the cycle... The waste from the fish will start the ammonia. Personally I prefer the raw dead shrimp because its more humane, as opposed to putting a fish through toxic levels of ammonia, trites & trates. Drop in one shrimp maybe 2 with a tank your size and the amount of LR you have. Let it rot... Take them out or leave them in for the duration of the cycle. ( I left mine in). And this should get you cycle off and running.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:33 AM   #3
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Yeah don't use the fish usually you end up doing damage to the fish
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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Go with the shrimp! Even a block of frozen mysis shrimp would do it.
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Old 01-21-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. So now i notice that on some of the live rocks where there use to be purple coraline it is not becoming white. Is the coraline dying off? Anybody ever see this before.
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Yes I believe that means it is dying.... If it used to be purple. Sometimes new coralline will be white...... If the rock was left out of the water for a little while that could've killed it. Or lack of light..... Really anything.
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Every time I put new coraline covered rock in it turns white and dies off but will come back full force
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