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Old 07-20-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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Starting the Cycle

Ok well, once i've got all my equipment and water and sand set up, how should i begin the water cycle? What things should i add to make it go a little bit quicker as well. Not looking for the quick way out, just want to know if there are any ethical ways to speed the process up just a tad. Im ready to wait a while for everything to propagate.


Also, i've got some fake rock, i forgot what its called.. tufa or something like that. Can i use that as base rock or something? I just bought it so i kinda dont want to just get rid of it lol.
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I think the tufa should be ok as base rock, but you'll need to seed it. Read the article linked above and then ask away!
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how should i begin the water cycle? What things should i add to make it go a little bit quicker as well.
just put a shrimp in a filter bag or cheese cloth throw it in and wait. Don't waste your test kit for the first week or so.

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I'd say start take readings at about day 4-5, you may start to see ammonia there (good way to get an idea of how the cycle goes).
I wouldn't waste the pH test until after the cycle.
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