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Offline Warhawk937

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fast tank cycle
« on: March 01, 2018, 10:45:40 »
Hi all, Im wondering if i get enough live rock/ sand can i avoid a lengthy cycle. 

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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2018, 11:20:29 »
Hi Warhawk. This is just my opinion but I wouldnít put live rock from an unknown source in a new setup. You just donít know what kind of hitch hikers you may have.

Also, I always use BioSpira on a new setup to get the bacteria in there and the cycle usually takes about a week.

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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2018, 11:34:16 »
so i should put in dry rock?  will it encrust in time?

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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 12:28:20 »
If you have a source for wet rock that you trust, then go for it. If not, I personally would use dry rock. But, you should soak that in saltwater for as much time as you can before rinsing and putting it in your tank. Thatís called curing your rock.

In time everything will be covered in coralline algae.

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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 22:33:50 »
Most everyone selling dry rock is going to have dead stuff on it that will need to be cured.  Curing can take weeks, depending on how dirty the rock is.  You want to make sure most of the decay is done before putting in a tank. This is best done in in your garage or something.....it is going to stink.

The exception is the reefsaver rock that some places sell (Marco Rocks, Bulk Reef, etc)  The reefsaver rock is typically clean rock (I would still rinse it though).   That will take some time to encrust with corraline.  Best thing to do there is to get corralin scrapings from established tanks.

Dr Tim's is one of the long time established bacteria products.
http://www.drtimsaquatics.com/saltwater-aquarium-products#one


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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 23:06:00 »
Thank Iíll go that route for sure

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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2018, 08:00:08 »
Reefcleaners dry rock is clean as well as Marine Depot Tonga plate.
Fully cycled in 10 days with Dr Timís, biospira, and API bacteria with 2 doses of ammonia to 2 ppm. 7 fish added on day 11, 6 more over the next week.




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Re: fast tank cycle
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2018, 20:44:04 »
What size tank is that mta

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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2018, 21:06:45 »
Itís a redsea reefer 525xl. 108 gallon tank


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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2018, 21:13:03 »
Looks awesome!

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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2018, 21:39:44 »
Looks awesome!
Thank you.


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