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  1. Marine Depot
    Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium A Recipe for Success from DrTim's Aquatics!
  2. General Reef Discussion
    I've read a lot of posts about new tanks and their cycles but I've never seen a progression of what the water tests should look like. Hopefully this give some beginners an idea of what to expect when they cycle their tank. I'm by now means an expert but this cycle went pretty flawless and was...
  3. Marine Depot
    How to Grow Beneficial Bacteria for a Thriving Ecosystem Create the right conditions so Mother Nature can help clean your tank! The Best Ways to Cycle Your Reef Aquarium
  4. Marine Depot
    VIDEO: The Best Ways to Cycle Your Reef Tank How long did it take to cycle YOUR tank? Please reply and let us know!
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hello, I'm new to saltwater aquarium and have a 165 gallon tank that has been running for about 2 1/2 weeks now. I used live rock, live sand and Catalina water. With all that I never saw any ammonia or nitrites, but it appears that I have around 20ppm nitrates. Does that mean my tank...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    Hello everyone, I am new to the reefing world.:nuts: I currently have a 75 gallon tank and a 20 gallon sump. Have 80 lbs of DRY rock and 60 lbs of DRY sand. Saline measurements are between 1.023 and 1.024. pH has fluctuated but around 8.0 and 8.2 I have had a dead shrimp in my tank for 12 days...
  7. Large Systems
    Purchased a large amount of dry rock for new 75 gallon SW tank and sump. I want to start slow this time because, like many, had a lot of issues in my other tank with live rock. Like an idiot, I didn't research like I should have. When I got my rock home, I rinsed it with RO then immediately put...
  8. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Hi, I just started the cycling process for my tank and I plan on going BB. I'm not an experienced reefer yet, so I was wanting to seek advice from those who know their stuff. What do I need to know about going BB, benefits, issues, is it really better than sand beds, etc. Thanks in advance!
  9. General Reef Discussion
    Ok so I just recently started up my 10 gallon nano reef. I used 10lbs of live sand and about 10 or so lbs of live rock my my 55 gallon setup. For my filter I am using a Marineland Penguin Power 200gph with the mechanical filter cartridge and a bad of chemipure elite, I also have a 50 watt...
  10. Nano Reefs
    hey guys, as title says please i need help and new to this forum. I am noob to saltwater but did all my homework :):). Its been 4 days since my saltwater tank is running. I put live sand, 25lbs of live rock (from my local fish store, with hitch hikers already mostly snails in the rock), custom...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Alright. Let me begin with giving you guys some details. I purchased a used JBJ 28G NanoCube with the live sand and live rock still in it, wet. I put the sand and rocks into a cooler and wiped/scrubbed the tank. Put everything back in and refilled the tank within 10 hours. I thought I might have...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    Although I understand the cycling process, a thought occurred to me today. Assuming a brand new tank, where do the initial bacteria come from that start the nitrogen cycle?
  13. General Reef Discussion
    I'm trying to remember the exact science behind establishing beneficial bacteria in a tank. Bacteria is colonized that breaks down waste. First bacteria that breaks down ammonia thrives, which is overcome by bacteria that breaks down Nitrite, which is overcome by bacteria that breaks down...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I ran a water test on my tank tonight. It has been 2 1/2 months (roughly...) since I started it. As of right now I have 30ish pounds of dry rock/live rock. I started the cycle with a half cup of my own urine (gross I know but it worked). Without waiting a day or two and testing my ammonia...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    Hi Guys, Need some advice here, I recently setup a 250 L tank with a 100L sump; I have placed a few live rock in main display + shallow sand bed and a few LR in the sump. I only have a skimmer and live rocks as part of my bio filter. On the 31st of May 2014, I started my tank cycle, I added...
  16. General Reef Discussion
    hi guys. I'm young reefer (under 14) and this is my third saltwater tank. it is a 20 gallon long and has a maroon clown and a shark nose goby. i put them in a 2 days ago a week after set up. i haven't monitored the cycle (terrible idea) and then i tested a week later and things were perfect. 20...
  17. General Reef Discussion
    Hey everyone, So my tank is still cycling away while I wait eagerly for it to finish. It's now 3.4 weeks in I think and I have been testing every day or so and today my levels were: Ammonia: almost 0ppm Nitrites: High like 5ppm (think they just peaked and are at the start of coming back down)...
  18. Nano Reefs
    Is there a point in the load cycle or can you add enough filtration where water changes are not necessary? It just seems like you should be able to set up a more self sustaining tank.
  19. TRT Member Blog's
    When I bought the tank from a friend of mine, he insisted I place the fish directly into the tank rather than establish the tank and let the fish in their 40Gal little world. I was scared of losing some fish (ended up losing all) so I documented and journaled everything for the first several...
  20. The THINK Tank
    Hi all, I am brand new to the forum and am working on a 5 gallon nano reef tank. I began my nitrogen cycle 2 days ago (after adding live rock) and I may have made a mistake. I left the lights on ( also turned the night light at night) and I read this wasn't good for this part of the process. Is...
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