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Old 11-11-2011, 05:26 PM   #41
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whilst cycling you dont need lights on at all,they can just encorage algae growth so leave them off,just start the fishless cycle which I'm sure you was going to any way,dont worry about the rusty diatoms and enjoy the trip.

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Old 11-11-2011, 05:55 PM   #42
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yep - fish-less cycle is what i was planning on. the Lights where one of the things I was not sure about.

My plan is to buy the water pre-mixed (save some time), get the sand, and at least half the rock i plan on putting in th tank - more if I can afford it and setup the Refugium.

The refugium will initially includes a 4-5" sand bed, and some live rock rubble

Next question - is it better to setup the refugium along with the initial setup and cycling of the main tank, or should that come after the main tank is setup?

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