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Old 07-25-2011, 07:13 AM   #11
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turn off the lights. you do not need them unless you have photosynthetic creatures in the tank. also, you will need to put the tank on a photo period when you do- try to mimic the natural day- 12 hours on and 12 off or something similar. fish and such need a night time.
you don't have very much live rock in the tank and i would think you'd probably want to add an ammonia source to start the cycle. otherwise the bacteria colony you will develop from the tiny bit of die off on the live rock will be minimal, and when you add a fish, the tank will go through another cycle.
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I already have my tank on a timed cycle, it is on for 12 and off for 12, and yes I know I need more live rock than I have, going to buy some more this week. That is what happens when u are on a budget. Where do I get the amonia from?
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You can use pure janorital stength ammonia or you can add a raw shrimp and wait for it to decompose giving you an ammonia source.
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You can use pure janorital stength ammonia or you can add a raw shrimp and wait for it to decompose giving you an ammonia source.
Wow carey I never thought of that. A raw shrimp ro get things going lol
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How much ammonia should I use?
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:58 PM   #16
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If ur having green/ brownish algae (diatoms) than u r in the cycle.
Just take ur water to LFS(local fish store) and they will test it for you.
I don't think u need to add any ammonia sources since u already have tank population. What do u have so far for inverts and fish ?
Just go slowly don't add too much too fast. And keep up with the water changes.
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Hey everyone! Thanks so much for all of your help! I tested my water and everything was normal. I went to my LFS and got the rest of my rock and he also suggested putting some hermits in the tank. I've attached some pics for you to see.
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Looking good! You got some nice looking rocks!
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Thanks! I loved how they stacked up perfectly ans it actually made several places to hide and holes for the fish to swim through...that is when I do get to add fish. Lol! I can't wait!
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