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post #11 of 28 Old 07-25-2011, 12:07 PM
Yes, you can continue to add Live Rock to your system while its cycling to get it to the point necessary. Live Rubble is much better than Bio Balls, but in your case, using those chambers, debre will still collect and cause some issues with Nitrates, it won't be as bad as Bio Balls, but none the less they will still be there.
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post #12 of 28 Old 07-25-2011, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you very much reefing madness:)
Was wondering should i let my tank cycle for about 1-2 weeks while checking ph,nitrate,nitrite, and ammonia levels and then should i add inverts...

Was wondering what fish or inverts are good starting fish?

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post #13 of 28 Old 07-25-2011, 05:14 PM
Red legged hermits, blue leg hermits. Nassarus snails, BumbleBee snails. Emerald Crab. Small Oc clown fish.
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that should do ya for a 14g cube. Then of course there are the Corals.
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Thanks.. Was wondering if all my tank levels are stable in about a week or two and all live rock has been added.. Do u thnk it'll be ok to add fish or do u thnk its to soon..

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post #15 of 28 Old 07-25-2011, 05:25 PM
On new tanks unless you have used fully cured Live Rock, your cycle will run roughly 4-6 weeks before your going to be able to add anything. You waiting for your Nitrates to fall below 20.
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Yes, you can continue to add Live Rock to your system while its cycling to get it to the point necessary. Live Rubble is much better than Bio Balls, but in your case, using those chambers, debre will still collect and cause some issues with Nitrates, it won't be as bad as Bio Balls, but none the less they will still be there.
i agree, your better off running the bio ball chamber empty, without rock and def. without the bio balls. in the original posters case i would just add the rubble rock to your display area of the tank and use the empty section to hide your heater if you can.

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Thank you very much reefing madness:)
Was wondering should i let my tank cycle for about 1-2 weeks while checking ph,nitrate,nitrite, and ammonia levels and then should i add inverts...

Was wondering what fish or inverts are good starting fish?

Thanks
jeff
i suggest increasing your rock. about 15-20lbs of rock total, depending on how dense it is...
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post #17 of 28 Old 07-25-2011, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Oh ic ic.. The LFS told me that its 100 percent cured live rock but im not to sure.. So I'll probably check my levels in my tank later today but for right now i have about 4 pounds of live rock.. I just got a little cause i didnt knw how much live rock would cost.. The live rock is actually pretty pricey...lol But yeah i thnk i'll probably take out the bio balls.. and probably just keep it empty.. do u thnk i should keep put back my orignial filter and put my protien skimmer where the bio balls were at?

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never trust a fish store fully, look at it this way, thats their business to make business. dont get me wrong, there are great fish stores out there, but look at it from a business point of view first.

yes, live rock can be expensive... thats the beauty of being able to shop around. you can also buy dry rock and seed it yourself over about a 2+ month period. ( i say, 2+ because it wouldnt hurt to cure rock longer then it needs to be ) unless you add the dry rock to your tank now before anything else living goes in this will have to happen in a seperate tank/food safe container.

what is your "original filter?"

all you need for filtration is enough quality live rock with enough water flow, a skimmer, proper feed routine, proper water change routine.

not all the maintnance that needs to be done but thats your filter.

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Oh ic ic.. The LFS told me that its 100 percent cured live rock but im not to sure.. So I'll probably check my levels in my tank later today but for right now i have about 4 pounds of live rock.. I just got a little cause i didnt knw how much live rock would cost.. The live rock is actually pretty pricey...lol But yeah i thnk i'll probably take out the bio balls.. and probably just keep it empty.. do u thnk i should keep put back my orignial filter and put my protien skimmer where the bio balls were at?

thanks
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Ditch the filter, no need for it as long as you have at lest 1.5lbs of LR in the tank. If you can throw the skimmer in there, sure go for it. Ask the LFS how long they've had the Live Rock in the holding tank, ask them to test the water parameters for you.
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^ that would be your best bet with the fish store, ask how long its been there... which may only lead to an answer of how long the tanks been there FOR the rock... not how long the rocks been in the tank. ( stores usually get new shipments every week of livestock )


can you please post a picture of your tank so far?
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