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My Innovative Marine Nuvo fusion all in one setup arrived today. its the 30 gallon long setup. Looking forward to my first nano. i normally always go big, but would like to try and see if I'm skilled enough to maintain a smaller system.

I'm currently curing about 30-40 pounds of live rock in a separate container with 1.025 S.G. water and a heater with two fans for flow. I'm going to wait until its completely cured before adding it to my tank. Figured Id reuse some live rock from my old 90 gal setup. But its been dry for a year so it needs some cooking. I also have some Carib Sea Ocean Direct live sand that i was going to use, recommended by a friend.

What would happen if i started my tank up now, with the live sand, and added the rocks in a few weeks? I'm thinking I'd get another cycle, if the sand is actually "live" and cycles my tank as advertised. But the second cycle would be a small one if the rock is fully cured right? I don't intend to add any live stock to the tank until after the rock is added and my parameters fall in line.

So is this an okay idea? Or should i wait and cure my rock, then set up my tank?

Perhaps even buy some already fully cured rock, about 10 pounds or so, and add it now, just so that there is more in my tank than just sand. I don't know how well the bacteria in the sand will perform with just sand in the tank. I've never used anything but dead sand in the past and always been pretty successful.

Id like to get this tank going so all the boxes can be moved out of my living room. the tank and stand and equipment take up more room than a sofa. Anyway i appreciate all your thoughts and ideas!
 

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I usually do use the Method B. I was just wondering if it were possible to do it the way i was explaining. I find its a little easier to clean and moved my rock around once its alone in its own bin. and that way, my fresh new sand isn't flying all over the place every water change and every time i wanna clean off my rock. you know how new sand is.....
 

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Cured rock are suppose to be able to add in the tank without causing a cycle. So maybe you can setup your tank with the live sand and add the cure rock later, it shouldn't cause a cycle since the die off is gone and you are just providing more room for the bacteria.
 
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