Originally Posted by Flint
Now I'm confused, why do people cycle with damsels then? I won't be using live rock so it is going to put a significant damper on this process.
Are you using live sand? It is far more beneficial bacteria-wise than rock, anyhow. There are millions of more bacteria in sand than rock, since every grain of sand has bacteria on every surface. The finer the sand, the more bacteria it can hold. A rock has a much larger surface
area per rock, but if you flattened out the all the sand in your tank to represent every surface area on each grain of sand, it would be far larger than the surface area of all your rock in the tank.
With base-rock or dry-rock, there can be significant phosphate leaching for the first few months. I had this problem when I set up my current tank. Mostly dry rock and a huge hair algae bloom that still surfaces every so often.
I assume people fish-in cycle marine tanks because that has been common practice in freshwater aquaria since the dawn of fish keeping. Damsels are usually used because they are very hardy fish. You basically have to get them wet to keep them alive. It still stresses out the fish. I have set up multiple saltwater tanks and have never
done a fish in cycle. In my most current tank, it took me six months to add fish, and after I lost them (and I'm still unsure as to why) I waited another four to start stocking again. I currently have one Bicolor Dottyback that has been the sole inhabitant for a few months now... Sent from Petguide.com Free App