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Old 12-09-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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Starting over i guess.

I had previously posted about some complications I had transferring my 29g fresh into salt. Well that has settled out I have no ammonia, nitrite, or nitrates and ph is good testing this at least every other day. And the diatoms are starting disappear, not coming back as fast after cleaning. I am starting to fell ok about this.

Well I am getting a 55g tank that I have looked at for awhile for Christmas. Mainly because as much as my wife likes to gripe about the aquariums she really likes a 55g set up at my daughters school.

My question is about cycling. I am putting at least 20 more pounds of live sand in and ten pounds of sand. I have around 60 lbs of live rock now in the 29 that I am transferring over.

Was wondering about cycle time. Surely it will not take a month or so.
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More LR will cycle faster...if you use the water from your old tank that will help as well...don't know what your fish/invert situation is with your current tank, which might hold you back from doing this.

I cycled my 36 gal with 50lbs of LR and the cycle took roughly 4-5 days once the ammonia levels finally spiked, which took a couple days.
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Thanks. I have a Green Chromis, 5 blue hermits, and 2 turbo snails.
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Yeah...not the best to throw into a cycle. TBH, nothing should be.
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As long as you keep the LR wet during the move you'll be ok. Using your current water isn't necessary as the bacteria is on the LR. 60lbs should have a minimal cycle if any, again so long as you keep it wet. Rinse your LS if taking it from the 29 to make sure you don't cause a spike. Keep your livestock in a QT for a few days atleast to make sure your not going to have an ammonia spike, but you should be ok.
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The 55g is set up about 8" from the 29g so keeping it wet shouldn't be an issue.
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