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Old 05-14-2013, 03:09 AM   #1
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Will Live rock help me cycle my tank?

I have uncured (i think). Live rock in my tank. it has all that fuzzy stuff on it and smells like ocean. will this help cycle my 29 gallon? I am also dosing Seachem Stability and Prime. it is a 29 gal with 1.021 SG level.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:15 AM   #2
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Yes because LR has die off (creatures that die in the process of shipping, etc.). The die off will decompose and turn into ammonia which will start your cycle. Unless you have super awesome LR (as in very established and full of life) you'll probably need another source of ammonia such as a table shrimp from the grocery store. Put it in a mesh bag or net and let it decompose. If you want a less smelly alternative, you can use pure ammonia.
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+1 to the above. If its a new tank cycling why are you dosing already?
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:37 AM   #4
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I guess I should hold off on dosing. its been a freshwater tank, converted to salt. I figured the fresh BB died off from the salt. I started dosing as I thought it could help establish the BB from the die off of the rock. kind of like a fish in cycle? The rock is from my LFS and sold as cultured Molokai rock. I live in Oahu, so I guess die off is there.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:38 AM   #5
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Yes because LR has die off (creatures that die in the process of shipping, etc.). The die off will decompose and turn into ammonia which will start your cycle. Unless you have super awesome LR (as in very established and full of life) you'll probably need another source of ammonia such as a table shrimp from the grocery store. Put it in a mesh bag or net and let it decompose. If you want a less smelly alternative, you can use pure ammonia.
ok, I see now. what tank parameters am I looking for besides 0 amm.? I'm used to testing fresh only.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:43 AM   #6
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Did you use the same water as the fresh? What substrate do you have?
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:51 AM   #7
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Same water, but I added the salt when doing pwc. I have sand substrate. (not live sand). two filters. one that came with it. 40 to 50 gallon rated hob, and Fluval 206 canister. I know canisters are not the best, but I already forked out the money on it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:27 AM   #9
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I used live sand and live rock to cycle my tank, and it does make a difference IMO.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:40 AM   #10
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Your live rock looks god and will certainly help with the cycle. What's your future plans for this tank? Fish only or reef? Only reason I ask is if it is going to be a reef I would recommend starting with fresh water and fresh sand too if that was from the old set up. The bb in fresh is different to salt. Tap water is no good long term for a reef tank and if this water was previously used to house freshwater fish I can only assume its from a tap. Doing things right the first time will save you a hell of a lot of time and money in the future. Ro-di water is best for salt you may also need a powerhead and some salt water test kits as well as a refractometer for salinity (hydrometers are ok but not as accurate) Cycle the tank using a raw shrimp and test for amm until you see a spike (good cycle is 4ppm) then you will see nitrites and then finally high nitrates. Should take between 2-4 weeks. Any other questions just ask!
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