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Old 04-26-2016, 09:14 PM   #41
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You may want to place the ammonia source (shrimp) in a nylon bag or nylon hose. After a while it will breakdown and this way you won't have rotten carcass bit scattered about the tank.
I've often wondered how well using pure ammonia would work in lieu of the shrimp. Much less smellier for sure. You definitely need to use ammonia that is free of dyes, perfumes, surfactants, and detergents if you choose this route. That's what I use for FW cycling.
I've not operated a protein skimmer before but from I gather, the device should generate foam that will rise up the column and a small portion will spill out into the collection cup. The cup should be emptied periodically. And I think there is a desired consistency of foam you want to generate; not too dry and not too wet. I could be wrong. Protein skimmers are not very effective in the fresh water aquarium.


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Jeys clean off is ammonia with no additives and absolutely 100% fine for tank cycling
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I read that just using live rock and letting the live rock release ammonia. Is the best way to get a sustainable food source for the cycle of nitrogen putting a shrimp in works but is only good for a little bit of you want to put more then a little amount of fish in


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Not sure if there is a "best way" for this. Pretty sure ammonia is ammonia. You would have to take baseline and follow up ammonia readings to determine how much the live rock is contributing (and not adding additional ammonia, of course).
The shrimp is a reliable method; the liquid ammonia allows you to dose and set a particular ppm level (4, 2, etc) in a reproducible manner, if needed.


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Your skimmer is only rated for 30 gallons. That rating is likely for a lightly stocked tank. I would upsize the skimmer.

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Yeah I have a 29 gallon tank


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I agree with the part about adding inhabitants slowly. However, IMO the ammonia produced by the live rock will probably not match the amount of ammonia produced by the first inhabitants. So there will always be some catching up to do.
The prawn/liquid ammonia approach provides more ammonia than you will need. But once the BB can handle that amount, then there should be no mini cycle when you start adding fish.


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I guess idk that's why they ask you to put 1-1.5lbs of live rock to 1 gallon to make that ammonia higher but I guess I'll do both and I guess I can't go wrong


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