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Old 09-10-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
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Startup/cycling ?

So I just finished setting up my FOWLR 44gal corner pentagon. About 43lbs of already cured live rock. The rock came from tanks that already had fish and other critters in it. My question is, will this still cycle normally? Also I have seen a number of critters in the tank since adding the rock including a sponge, a couple of red legged hermits, some kind of tiny snail, tiny starfish, and at least a few mini brittle stars. will they be ok during the cycle, and can i add more snails to control the algea during the cycle? Thanks in advance
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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I believe it will speed up the cycle. Here is an article on cycling if you want it.
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was this rock transported submerged in water then just put in the tank? if so, you may not see a cycle at all, just a diatom bloom on the new surfaces. if it was transported out of water, you may have a cycle due to the die off.
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It was out of the water but covered with some wet newspaper for about 30 min. I have done some readings and do have some ammonia .25, and nitrites can't remember total,and some nitrates also cant remember not too high though.
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yeah, i'm not too keen on the wet newspaper method. stuff still dies. i like to bring a lot of buckets and take all the guys water when i leave
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Old 09-14-2011, 06:10 PM   #6
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here is my last few days of readings
...............Monday........Tuesday.........Wedne sday
ph............. 8.0.............. 8.0.................8.0
Ammonia......25................25................0-.25(color looks inbetween)
Nitrites.........0.................0.............. ......0
Nitrates........0................20............... .....0

Not sure whats going on. Am i ready?
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:25 PM   #7
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Any thoughts on these readings?
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ammonia needs to be zero
when ammo is zero, check your nitrites again
to get the nitrates to 0 did u do a water change?
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nope the trates went down without a PWC.
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Thanks for this. Will be sure to partake in the steps for my new 30 g set up.


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I believe it will speed up the cycle. Here is an article on cycling if you want it.
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling
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