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Old 08-26-2008, 12:26 PM   #1
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Post Starting my Cycle...

Of course most of you no that i've been working on a 55 gallon Tank and now i'm getting ready for the Cycle Process this weekend I will be heading out to my LFS and pick up 3lbs of Cured Rock and 3lbs or Base Rock there Cured Rock has been curing for more than 6 months at least thats what the LFS owner has told me... But in any case is it ok to start the cycling process with that much LR and BR?


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3lbs or 30lbs?
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3 not 30lb can't afford that much yet..... So i'll probably start off with 6-8lbs
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ok if you use 6lbs to cycle your tank i think it will take longer to cycle ans also if you dont not fully cure the rock you put in after it cause to larger of an ammonia spike once you put it in the tank, which i think would then require further cycle to build up the bacteria that feeds on the ammonia, i would say try to wat and atleast get 30lbs of rock in there to cycle with, that is just what i would think hopefully someone with a bit more experience can jump in and give yo a hand though
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oh and it will be a Fishless Cycle...
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How much is the base rock?
Have you thought about buying it online?

6 pounds of rock will NOT make for an effective biological filter in a 55 gallon tank. You need about 85-100 pounds total for an effective filter. Six - eight pounds is just decoration.

Do you have a cannister filter?
A sump?
What other filtration do you have?
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I believe the BR is about $2.14 a LB the Fully Cured Rock is $7.99 a LB.. I have a Canister and a Skimmer.....
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sometimes if you buy it in bulk the will give you a deal. i hate living in Canada when it comes to stuff like that it costs $14.99 per pound of LR up here
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If you are using that little of rock, I would go the raw unseasoned shrimp route and leave the foam in the canister. Between the foam, sand a rock, you should have enough bio-filtration to get started, just don't add fish yet.
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See i'm hearing a bunch of different ways to cycle I heard I could start off with just a little bit of LR and BR to get started but it wasn't never clear on how much to start with, I heard with just a Little bit of Rock that you can do a Fishless cycle which I am plan on doing with Raw Shrimp I think I might need 2... 55 gallons... I was also told that once the cycle is done I could add more LR and BR later without going thru the cycle process again.... After all is done I should about 82.4 to 110 LBs of rock in my Tank Which would be good if I get it all at once but just to expensive right now.... Thats why I wanted to try to start off in samll amount s to cycle then add more little by little later maybe twice a month.... I mean there be time where I got more and there will be time were I get less... But most of my rock would be already Cured...
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