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Old 11-01-2015, 01:59 AM   #1
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Saltwater set up

I am currently in the process of setting up a 55gal salt water tank. I have 60 pounds of live sand. About 5 pounds of cured live rock and about 30 pounds of dried live rock. My salinity is sitting at .024. My temp around 80.8-81. Everything has been up and running for about 2 weeks. I thought it was in the cycling process but I read that you need to add ammonia. Like something dead or a fish. Any help on how to actually get the cycling process started would help a lot

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You are correct, an ammonia source needs to be added for the cycle to begin.

For my saltwater tank I used small table shrimp in a pantyhose. Every week or so check it and add more shrimp as it will be decomposing.


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Have you checked your ammonia levels? It's possible the 60 pounds of sand may have raised ammonia levels temporarily. If not, pure ammonia from the hardware store or a rotting piece of fish or shrimp will do.
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