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+1 to nana! What size tank, how much dead rock? The time can vary depending on the amount of lr that is added to a system... 5 lbs of lr will EVENTUALLY seed 500 lbs.... It is just a matter of do you have the patience for it. Also it does not require any light for this. Actually I would recommend keeping your lights off entirely for the complete duration of the seeding/nitrogen cycle. It will help prevent algae blooms.
 

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I can't comment on the coraline plates since I have never used them.... But I would discourage the use of the nitrogen bacteria. Rushing anything in this hobby normally leads to problems down the road. The dry base rock cleaned well with an old tooth brush in a vinegar/water mixture will do well. Then place the dry rock and live rock in the tank to start seeding. You can put a piece of raw table shrimp in your tank to help jumpstart the cycle and give the good bacteria some kind of food source. Your coraline algae must be seeded, but that can be done easily with a piece of premium coraline covered rock from a trusted friends tank or lfs. Scrape some off of it to get the spores mixed into you water column. They way I introduced it was from my CuC. The shells from the snails have it a lot of times and they wonder all around your tank bumbling on all of The other rock and basically seeding it for you. Rushing it is the key.....when in doubt go slower. If you are trying to decide if you can add another fish...well, if your in doubt...wait. I know a lot of people have added fish as soon as the nitrogen cycle is complete. It may work for them, but I think I waited right at 7 days for my ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate to all read 0 for that time AFTER the cycle was done. Ensuring that I would have no surprise spikes. The bacteria in you tank will only be enough to process the current bio-load. So when adding things do it slow. Multiple weeks in between. I even waited over a month for some of mine. While your tank is cycling you can use this time to perfect your husbandry and maintenance routine. Go slow. You will not get a presto tank like you see on tv. But above all..... Relax and enjoy the tank. Remember this is supposed to be a hobby. So enjoy It as such.
 
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