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reisy00 10-16-2012 07:33 PM

Need some help starting!
 
If I am going to use live sand and live rock do I have to get my water cycled first and up to temp? Or do I just put in my live sand and live rock then add my water and get everything running. I feel if my water is not cycled and up to temp the good bacteria I paided for well die off?:thanks:

obscurereef 10-16-2012 07:38 PM

No you don;t need to cycle before adding the LR. You;ll want another ammonia source b/c the LR might not be enough, or it will lengthen the cycle if you don't. You can just get a shrimp at your grocery store and put it in a net or stocking. There will be some die off from the LR, but a lot will survive so don't worry about that! Good LR has all types of organisms that will populate your tank and add to your ecosystem. Good luck :)

Beengirl 10-16-2012 08:58 PM

You'll want your rock on the tank for the cycle. Don't need to cycle first. Just make sure when you put the rock in tank, that its actually salty. don't wanna put the rock into RO water. Have fun with your new tank!!

reisy00 10-16-2012 10:59 PM

Should I mix the salt out of the tank then add or mix it in the tank and turn the powerheads on to help.

Beengirl 10-16-2012 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by reisy00
Should I mix the salt out of the tank then add or mix it in the tank and turn the powerheads on to help.

If the tank is empty right now, you can do it either way.

reisy00 10-16-2012 11:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Beengirl (Post 2162009)
If the tank is empty right now, you can do it either way.

So the tank has to be empty if I am going to do it that way? wont it make the tank really cloudy if I add the sand after the water?

Beengirl 10-17-2012 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by reisy00

So the tank has to be empty if I am going to do it that way? wont it make the tank really cloudy if I add the sand after the water?

I meant empty as in no living things in the tank. Yes, the tank will be cloudy for a couple of days, unless you're willing to scoop the sand in cupful by cupful and place the cup all the way to the bottom with each cup, there's really no way around the tank being cloudy. It'll clear up in 2-3 days.

reisy00 10-17-2012 01:55 AM

thanks beengirl! Should my heater be on during cycle?

Beengirl 10-17-2012 02:48 AM

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Originally Posted by reisy00
thanks beengirl! Should my heater be on during cycle?

NP!! Yes, in fact I've heard that turning the temp up into mid 80's will help the bacteria grow faster. Just don't forget to let tank cool back down to 78 before you add fish!! I did this, although cant say for certain that it helped. :) I do know that bacteria like warmth, though. Also, the salt will dissolve better in warm water.

reisy00 10-17-2012 06:38 AM

Does anyone have or had a CPR refugium? Just wondering how high it sticks off the top of the tank?


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