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Old 03-09-2005, 01:36 AM   #1
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starting my cycle with live rock?

So I have had my tank on order for a week now and I am just waiting for the stand to come in. Anyway when I set it all up is it better to put the live rock in with the dead shrimp and start my cycle or start my cycle then add my live rock at the end of the cycle?
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I just used 30lb cured live rock, no shrimp. My 55 cycled in just over two weeks.
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Old 03-09-2005, 09:15 AM   #3
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Add LR at the beginning..... There may be some die off from the LR and this will start a cycle, adding a shrimp is helpful also. Adding at the end of a cycle my just start a new cycle with the die off of the LR.

BJ used cured lr and with cured there should be little to no cycle.

Fresh uncred LR will take 4-5 weeks to complete a cycle depending on tank size.
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The way you described it would have 2 ammonia peaks. If enuf die-off is on the rock, you may not need the shrimp. I'd suggest putting both in at the same time instead of one right after the other.
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I did end up having another spike (a small one .25, .3) after adding my LR into a fully cycled tank, so if I could do it over again, I'd do it all at once.
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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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This is crazy. I was just about to post the exact same question and I saw your thread. Thanks for the advise, everyone. Good luck with your tank. I am ordering my LR from liverocks.com, it will be delivered on Friday. I will post pictures and let you all know how the rock looks.
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thanks for the advice. Everyone has been helpful.
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I would add any sand you want into a dry tank then add the water and LR.... good luck with the set up.
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