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Old 01-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #11
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Is it ok to leave my tank outside while it is cycling????? Will I have a major problem with algea????
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:53 PM   #12
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You should have your tank set up where you want it. If you move the tank once it's cycled you could cause a mini cycle as all the stuff will be shifted around.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:39 PM   #13
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Yea but what about the bad smell?? I got my grave,sand ,and live rock in it right now.I dont want to pollute the whole house with dead shrimp..lol. I read online to do partial water changes to speed up the process. So it wouldnt be a good idea to carry it from the backyard patio to the den??
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Yea but what about the bad smell?? I got my grave,sand ,and live rock in it right now.I dont want to pollute the whole house with dead shrimp..lol. I read online to do partial water changes to speed up the process. So it wouldnt be a good idea to carry it from the backyard patio to the den??
Moving a tank with water in it isn't a great idea. You could stir up the sand and cause an ammonia spike. Then there's the fact that water is very heavy and a tank with water is difficult to move without having some sort of twisting action happening and that can cause great stress on the seams and lead to leakin later.
The smell isn't great, I agree. I did my reef tank with a shrimp, and then did my FOWLR with liquid ammonia instead, which smelled much better.
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:49 PM   #15
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Liquid Ammonia is what I call advanced. :-p

The smell is not to bad, I never really had an issue with smell. You can do it outside, but honestly once you move it (If you can), your looking at another two weeks of extra time. A mini cycle will happen, plus gases might be trapped in your sand bed that will escape when you move. I don't know how long it takes for the gasses to develop. It might take longer than 3 to 6 weeks.

I would set it up where you want it, and vent the area with an open window if the smell gets bad. Again, I did mine in a basement apartment and honestly didn't smell anything.
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I did the fishless cycle with shrimp in my living room and never had a problem with the smell. I kept the filter running and it took a while. Everything in salt water is a slow, but well worth the effort and patience. I have had this tank running now with fish(2 clowns, a diamond goby and a foxface) for a few months with 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and my nitrates usually fun about 5. A 65 gallon tank and I do about a 8 gallon water change and clean the filter once a week. Good Luck!!!!
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Awesome....thanx for the tip
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