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Old 09-20-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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Newbie question - cycling SW tank

So what is the best way to get the tanked cycled? I currently have a bit of live rock n about 80 pounds of live sand total sand 140lbs... I was wondering what is the best way to cycle with fish? N while I have no fish in tank should I turn on light for the LS n LR?
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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Get a piece of shrimp and throw it in a mesh bag. That will start it fishless. The bacteria will eat on it and multiply. Make sure you top off evaporated water with RO water. You will be cycled once your testing reads 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and you will have nitrates. It may take some time but it's worth it!
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Get a piece of shrimp and throw it in a mesh bag. That will start it fishless. The bacteria will eat on it and multiply. Make sure you top off evaporated water with RO water. You will be cycled once your testing reads 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, and you will have nitrates. It may take some time but it's worth it!
What she said ^^^
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Ok so fishless is the way to cycle? Ok does the type of shrimp matter?
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Oh n how many shrimp do I need for a100gal tank
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I'd start with 2 shrimp. Could also get yourself more live rock.
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Ok thank u both for the info.... Oh where would I get a mesh bag to put the shrimp in?
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Ok thank u both for the info.... Oh where would I get a mesh bag to put the shrimp in?
LFS/LPS will have them. There those little media bags.
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Oh ok got it, so just dump that in the main tank anywhere? How long do I keep it there
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Usually the bacteria will eat it up pretty quickly. I put two in my bag when I cycled my little tank. Leave it in there for sure until your cycle is finished.
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