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Old 05-19-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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Seafood cycle...

start w/ my specs. 90 gal tank hoping for a FOWLER environment.

today water is:
PH 8.8/ ammonia 0.50/ nitrite & nitrates 0
I have a skimmer and power head running. I want to add raw seafood to start the cycle.
When would be a good point to add rock? Wait until Nit. and ammonia are completely gone?
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I would add the LR now and cycle the tank and cure the LR at the same time. You can accomplish both at the same time. Also dont worry about the PH during the cycle. It will bounce around and not be stable till after the cycle.
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:03 PM   #3
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I haven't added the rock yet.
Should I "black out" the tank as it cycles or do it only if algea/green water begins to appear?
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I would add the rock now as well. Lights on/off, skimmer running or not, doesn't really matter (although, it will help break in the skimmer).
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Lights are not needed for cycling. I agree with Scott in that I would cycle the tank and cure the LR at the same time.
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:06 PM   #6
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ok, so high levels of ammonia and nitrite won't harm or stress the rock?
LFS suggested rock would die if placed before the tank cycled.
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If there are corals on the rock, they may die due to the cycle, but mist of the critters will come back. On the other hand, if it is already fully cured LR you may not even see a cycle.
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if it is already fully cured LR you may not even see a cycle
The LR will handle the amm. and nit.?
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Yep, if you have enough, the nitrifying bacteria will convert the ammonia to nitrItes and then to nitrAtes....
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and thats going to require 1-2 lbs per gallon?
90g tank- thats alot of rock.
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