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musho3210 03-14-2007 04:10 PM

Cycling 20 gallon tank
Ok i need to know how to cycle marine tanks, is it the same as freshwater?

I want to do a fishless type cycle since it would be cruel to cycle with damsels or mollies, then give them away to someone else to use them to cycle.

I dont really want to cycle with un-cured live rock since i cant find any uncured live rock in the first place so should i buy some 100% ammonia to use to cycle? Or should i put a few pinches of fish food in there, or should i put a medium sized shrimp cocktail in there?

caferacermike 03-14-2007 05:04 PM

Cycle it with uncured live rock. When the LR is cured, so is the tank. ANy LR will do. Buy some small cheap pieces from the shop and hide them. That's how I did my tank years ago.

musho3210 03-14-2007 05:29 PM

well is that the only way? If its the best way i wouldnt mind doing it but if there are alternatives i would like to use alternatives, the problem is i cant find any uncured rock....

caferacermike 03-14-2007 07:55 PM

As I said, any live rock will do. Bud the whole cycling myth is so overblown most publications are ommitting it from now. There is no cycling drama to worry about. Just get you some live rock and or a bucket of sand from a shop or friend and wait about 2-3 weeks. If the water tests ok slowly stock it.

musho3210 03-14-2007 08:06 PM

ok, i know clowns are best added all at once to help prevent agressive behavior so would adding 2 small clowns after tests are alright be ok?

I plan on buying 16 pounds of assorted live rock from dr. foster and smith which comes pre-cured. The sand i want is probably carib-sea aragonite sand and i will try to get a cup of live sand to seed the rock at my lfs. I will leave it there till my aquarium levels stabalize then add fish. Little by little i might add some more rock to get around 20-25 pounds. After i have enough cash i will buy that aquaC skimmer you are talking about and run it for a while. Then get corals, no corals until i get the skimmer since the skimmer will help me maintain good water quality the corals need.

Is this enough? Before i get the skimmer i will use freshwater filters (bio-wheel) and once i get the skimmer i might get rid of the freshwater ones, or maybe not. Or should i just start the aquarium with a skimmer (might need to loan some money from my mom)

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