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Old 11-03-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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New tank!

Would the first step be live rock and salt water on its own?
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Old 11-03-2014, 06:53 PM   #2
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Filling it up and cycling the tank is your first step. Get yourself some rock and sand and fill it up with saltwater. Then get yourself an API test kit for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Toss a cocktail shrimp into the tank, you can put it in some pantyhose if you want to keep it clean. That will start your cycle off.
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Old 11-03-2014, 10:17 PM   #3
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I just put mine to cycle this weekend. It's my first as well. I have a 36 gallon bow front which I originally was going to set up as a freshwater tank but fell in love with the saltwater world.

I got some live sand, live rock, and water. I started adding a bacteria additive today called MicroBacter7. I will be adding the shrimp once my test kit comes in on Wednesday. It's terrible to not know where my levels are as yet but, at the same time, I know I'm taking my time and I am not going to do anything without making sure that it's the proper and best next step.

This forum has been a blessing for me and I hope you feel the same as well! They will give you sound advice and steer you in the right direction. I am happy to be among such a wonderful group of knowledgeable aquarists.
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Should I run the filter and power heads n all whilst in cycle?


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Old 11-04-2014, 07:55 AM   #5
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Yes. It will help move everything along.... I also turn on my lights one hour in the morning, then again at 4:30 after I get home from work. I turn them off at night before going to bed.

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Thank you I'm shore I wil have some more questions,


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LOL! Trust me- I KNOW!!! This is my first tank as well. I'very been researching for months now, trying to learn what I can and to understand what I need to do for my own little piece of marine ecosystem.

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Put the rock in before the sand so you have no dead spots and it'll be more stable.


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Do you mean I shouldn't have live sand under the rock?


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Do you mean I shouldn't have live sand under the rock?


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This is news to me, too. I have mine cycling with sand under the rock right now! I hope that someone who is more knowledgeable answers this one rather quickly!
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