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Old 06-24-2011, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hey all, I just started cycling my 20 gallon tank about 4 days back with about 18 lbs of live rock and 20 lbs of live sand. My levels havent spiked yet so I will probably go get a raw shirmp to toss in there like I read around the forum. My question is that I have something whiteish looking covering some parts of my live rock and not sure what it is. I dont think its a sponge so could it just be die off? Pics below... thanks!



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it could be die off or it could be a sponge i had something similar when my tank was cycling
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:22 PM   #3
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I don't know what it is but it should die off eventually. All you basically do is keep the live rock in there for a month or two and just monitor the levels, there should be spikes in ammonia nitrites and nitrates before everything is stable.
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It`s just where there used to be coralline at and it has bleached. After your cycle is complete it will turn back to color. No concerns.
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Sounds good... I just wanted to make sure its not something I should be worried about. Did any of you use a raw shrimp to cycle or just the live rock? Thanks guys
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I've used just live rock on some tanks and live rock with straight ammonia on others.

Never did the dead shrimp method though.

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It's gonna smell awful. Just be prepared for that.
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It's gonna smell awful. Just be prepared for that.
Not what I was hoping to hear since its in my room lol.. well anyways another question is I have 1 250gph powerhead pointed about 75% up but my sand is still moving around on the bottom for some reason. I also have a HOB filter on the opposite corner for now (going to take it out in 2 weeks) for added water movement. Any ideas? Thanks for the help guys
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