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moneylaw 06-28-2007 03:44 AM

simple newbie question
 
Hi

I am planning to buy Live Sand, LR and fishes all together from an established tank and put into my tank. In that case, do I still need to cycle my tank before putting LS, LR and fishes? Will nitrifying bacteria attached on LR and LS will be enough? Thanks in advance.

SilverSurfer 06-28-2007 10:19 AM

Your tank will do a mini cycle but for most part take only couple days if that, During transport you have some minor dieoff which is the cause of it. Can usually add things after few days and a WC.

usmc121581 06-28-2007 03:52 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSurfer
Your tank will do a mini cycle but for most part take only couple days if that, During transport you have some minor dieoff which is the cause of it. Can usually add things after few days and a WC.

I have been dealing with tanks for a while, what is this mini cycle thing. There is no such thing. Either a tank will cycle fully are it hasnt completed yet. And when complete Ammonia will read 0 nitite will be 0 and nitrate should be under 20. THat is a complete cycle cycle so someone explain what a mini cycle is. And to properly cycle it will take 4-8 weeks.

moneylaw 06-28-2007 07:31 PM

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Originally Posted by usmc121581
Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverSurfer
Your tank will do a mini cycle but for most part take only couple days if that, During transport you have some minor dieoff which is the cause of it. Can usually add things after few days and a WC.

I have been dealing with tanks for a while, what is this mini cycle thing. There is no such thing. Either a tank will cycle fully are it hasnt completed yet. And when complete Ammonia will read 0 nitite will be 0 and nitrate should be under 20. THat is a complete cycle cycle so someone explain what a mini cycle is. And to properly cycle it will take 4-8 weeks.

Is that mean I still have to cycle the tank? or are you saying there won't even be a mini cycle and my tank should be already cycled as soon as I put LS and LR in? Thanks.

Robnjo 06-28-2007 08:50 PM

I would think if your going to do it that way then you will need at lest 80% of the old water, that was with the live sand and live rock.
Starting from scratch and doing the full cycle isn't a bad thing, you can learn alot about your tank.
this is only my opinion :wink:

moneylaw 06-30-2007 01:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Robnjo
I would think if your going to do it that way then you will need at lest 80% of the old water, that was with the live sand and live rock.
Starting from scratch and doing the full cycle isn't a bad thing, you can learn alot about your tank.
this is only my opinion :wink:


Thanks for ur advice.

Betta5 06-30-2007 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Robnjo
Iyou will need at lest 80% of the old water, that was with the live sand and live rock.

The water hold very little bacteria so i dont think 80% of the water is needed unless its needed as a stable start sort of thing. I would have a empty tank full of fresh made saltwater at the correct temp and SG waiting for the sand rock and fish. That way the water is fresh. Just how i would do it as water can be difficult to transport.


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