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Thread: Getting the cycle started
06-03-2012, 01:18 AM #1Member Molly
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Getting the cycle started
So before the current restart my tank was up for over 5 years and I had never tried fishless cycling before, so please bear with me on some of these questions.
My tank is up and running now. Parameters - PH 8.1, temp 79, salinity 1.023. I took down one of the canisters and removed the filter media from the other one but left it running for extra volume and flow. I had about 100-110lbs of dry rock that is now back in the tank and I added 17lbs of live rock 2 days ago. Today amonia is about .20ppm, nitrites and nitrates are 0. Will that small amount of live rock provide enough die off to cycle the tank or should I boost it? I have a little bit of frozen food left over and I was thinking maybe a little bit in a filter bag in the cannister to add some amonia. Thoughts?
06-03-2012, 02:10 AM #2
I would not add anything to the tank.
Once your levels return to normal, you can add your first fish. The live rock you added should be able to support one or two small fish if you have good enough flow. Over time, your dry rock will become live and then you will be ready for a few more fish if that is wht you want. A 3 to 4 week wait should be good, slower is better. This is why it is so important to stock slowly. This will allow your bacteria to grow without getting a spike in your parameters.
I would also suggest rasing your salinity to 1.025 to 1.027. that will help you maintain your parameters more stable
The below info might also help
http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.co...rine-aquarium/If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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06-03-2012, 08:03 AM #3
0Originally Posted by Cliff72 gallon saltwater