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Old 02-07-2012, 08:10 PM   #11
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I'm doing this on my phone and I tried to edit my message, and when I did it quoted myself. I tried to edit the mini cycle bit to prolonging the cycle adding live rock after starting a new tank.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:30 AM   #12
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I am letting it settle, not touched it since last post.
I will be adding live rock, but was told semi cured might be better?
Oh right lol ok well unfortunately I can't afford any rock until Thursday so it will have to wait..
Not sure on the correct salinity as hydrometers can be misleading, so won't know for sure until I get a refractometer.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:21 AM   #13
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I am letting it settle, not touched it since last post.
I will be adding live rock, but was told semi cured might be better?
Oh right lol ok well unfortunately I can't afford any rock until Thursday so it will have to wait..
Not sure on the correct salinity as hydrometers can be misleading, so won't know for sure until I get a refractometer.
Thanks.
Hi you should be ok with semi cured rock during your fishless cycle. But don't add anything until its cured. A mate of mine who runs his marine business told & showed me how to check if it's fully cured. Just take a piece of live rock and smell it, if it's smells a bit funky it's not fully cured. To me it smells a bit eggy.
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Ok that's a good tip, thanks
Getting some tomorrow.. I'm not fussed about how long the cycle takes, as long as its perfect before I put any creatures in!
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No probs, one main thing in doing marine is patients. Please keep posting with updates, it'll be nice to see how your getting along.
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Old 02-09-2012, 02:40 PM   #16
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Put the rock in today
Adjusted the water level and checked the specific gravity using a needle hydrometer. I went for the needle instead of a refractometer simply because of a huge difference in cost. The needle is close enough. Specific gravity is at 1.023 so all good.
The cycle needs a boost of ammonia, so going to get some tomorrow and add a little bit in to get it going.
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Looking good. Keep the updates coming
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Thanks will do!
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Used some aquarium start today in order to get the cycle started/going.
Was also given the option of purchasing a cheap hardy fish, such as a black Molly, and placing it in the tank to get the cycle going.
However I chose not to because I would only end up taking it back when the cycle had settled because I don't want one as an aquarium inhabitant.
Specific gravity is at 1.023, and water temperature I have increased to 25c (77f) so hoping it will settle in the next few days.
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Used some aquarium start today in order to get the cycle started/going.
Was also given the option of purchasing a cheap hardy fish, such as a black Molly, and placing it in the tank to get the cycle going.
However I chose not to because I would only end up taking it back when the cycle had settled because I don't want one as an aquarium inhabitant.
Specific gravity is at 1.023, and water temperature I have increased to 25c (77f) so hoping it will settle in the next few days.
Hi I would use a fish to help with the cycle either. Your salt is ok you want it between 1.023 & 1.026. I have my water set a 25c & all is fine in my tank. You will need to have a power head in there soon so you have good flow in you tank especially on your rock. I know this might be tricky with a biorb, the only power head that might work for you is a small hydor. They use magnets to keep it in place. I'm not sure if it will work though.
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