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Old 01-22-2009, 11:37 PM   #1
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Hello all,

New to this whole wonderful obsession. I have a 75 gallon saltwater set up. I bought a used amiracle sump. I have a marineland 100 insump protein skimmer. Two maxi-jet 1200 powerheads. 60 pounds of base rock, 60 lbs of pink samoa sand and no fish yet.

I just started the waiting game last weekend. I plan on buying some live rock (about 20 lbs) this weekend to seed the tank. A local aquarium shop told me I can add a grouper to help speed up the seeding process. Any thoughts?

I am really excited about all this, and plan to ask lots of questions.



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Old 01-22-2009, 11:40 PM   #2
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Do not add any fish as this is not considered a humane way to cycle a tank. Purchase uncured liverock to provide the ammonia source and jumpstart your cycle.

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Old 01-22-2009, 11:41 PM   #3
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Welcome to AA and the Salt water obsession!!!

I would stick with the plan you have set for yourself. Adding a fish to speed up the cycle is just going to hurt the fish. Adding some LR and a raw cocktail shrimp will get your cycle going.

Go to the article section of the site and read about cycling your tank.
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Frank,

Just replied to your LI thread.. I took Ziggy's and the rest of the crews advice and did a fishless cycle. I went off without a hitch.

I added a piece of shrimp but I don't even think I needed it. I had 50lbs of LR that I ordered online and the die-off pretty much cycled my tank. It took around 3-4 weeks to complete then I added some fish. My numbers have been great.. Ammonia and Nitrites are pegged at zero even though I'm making the traditional rookie mistakes like over-feeding. But my bacteria seems to be able to handle the added bio-load with no problems.

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Here is a pic of my tank set up with all of the base and live rock.
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Make sure those rocks aren't going to get tipped over and crush any future inhabitants.
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Welcome aboard. When you do the cycle do it the fishless way. Read this.

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