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Old 03-02-2015, 02:58 PM   #1
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Starting to cycle my tank

I have added my water to my 275 litre reef tank I am going to add my live rock and sand in a few days when the water is at temperature, what is the best way to start the tank cycling? Should I add a shrimp to start the ammonia off? This is all new to me so any help is appreciated thankyou.
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shrimp, watch levels when ammonia :0, nitrite: 0 and nitrate: present your are cycled.... then you can do a water change, dose some ammonia to make sure its cycled. Add fish, coral, and enjoy the tank.
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What shrimp is best. And I take it this is a live shrimp. Does this get added now ? I apologise for my stupidity
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nonononono not live.

its dead, just a single cocktail shrimp from the super market. put it in a pair of pantyhose and throw her in. once everything is ready.

might be worth pm-ing sniperhank and asking, i know he is a vast encyclopedia of knowledge and knows alot about this
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Ok I will do that thank you
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Or you can dose with pure ammonia.


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I've read you can also do it by just adding live rock and sand? Is that true or is it not very effective
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Adding sand and rocks that already have a BB build up, results in some bacteria die-off. that small amount of dying bacteria will give a small amount of ammonia, feeding other bacteria. Unfortunately it is not enough to feed enough bacteria to then support livestock. So adding another ammonia source is really needed. I prefer the ammonia dosing method as it is much cleaner (as compared to letting a cocktail shrimp rot in the tank).
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