03-04-2008, 09:06 PM
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Your live rock and sand would start your cycle. Don't add any fish to the cycle, because that can easily kill them. The most humane way is to let the LR and LS do its job. It will also be your main source of filtration.
Do not add any livestock untill your cycle is 100% complete. This means 0 ammonia, nitrites and nitrates (or, if you are doing FOWLR, then you can have around 5 nitrates). CUC is once the cycle is done. You can add corals at around 50-60 days, and if you can keep up with everything, then fish at 60-80 days.
You want to have 1-2lbs of LR per gallon.