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Old 12-06-2011, 11:28 AM   #11
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You would dose you tank with ammonia to start the cycle with either a dead shrimp or pure ammonia. The live rock cna give your cycle a jumpstart as it can have die off that can generate ammonia as well as having some beneficial bacteria on it.
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:30 AM   #12
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If I buy just like 2 or 3 pounds of lr can that do it or will I need more? I'm doing live sand too btw will that help?
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Old 12-06-2011, 11:37 AM   #13
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I think live sand isnt very live and has no real benefit. Some would disagree.

I would say a 80%-20% mix with base being the 80% is a good mix for a new tank.
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How long should I wait after adding my prime dechlorinizer to add my salt?
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:47 AM   #15
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You are using tap water then? Not the best way to go in my opinion, leaves lots of opportunities for algae and other nutrient issues....

BUT if you can't get ro/di water then I guess just dechlorinate and add your salt a few minutes later. i dont see any issue with that.

You can get a cheap ro/di unit for abotu $65 if you have the cash. it's one of the few things you really should consider...
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I. Got a good uv sterilizer so hopefully that'll help with algae and parasites
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:34 AM   #17
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When you get some live rock, make sure it has a lot of Coraline on it. Also, a ro unit is a good investment, you should look
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What does that unit do exactly?
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Reverse osmosis deionization unit is what it stands for. It removes undesired dissolved solids out of the way through reverse osmosis and then removes any charge to the water wy the molecular level through the process of deionization

Basically gives u pure water
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It removes everything. Chlorine, heavy metals, nitrates, phosphates, everything bad for your tank is gone. 99.9% pure water. Everything your fish, inverts, and corals need is then replaced by your salt mix. I didn't use one when I started my tank as I wasn't familiar with its benefits. Trust me you want one, saves alot of headaches.
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