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My light is going to stay on my other tank till the cycle is done, will it affect my cycle? I'll have dead/dried live rock, live sand, but no light till its ready.

Any ill affects w/o light?

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My light is going to stay on my other tank till the cycle is done, will it affect my cycle? I'll have dead/dried live rock, live sand, but no light till its ready.

Any ill affects w/o light?

 

Possibly some coralline bleaching (if there is no source of light at all) but since your live rock is not live, I think you should be good.

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Possibly some coralline bleaching (if there is no source of light at all) but since your live rock is not live, I think you should be good.

 

+1. You'll probably be better off without having to battle as much algae as well.

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I've been reefing for quite some time now. I never cycle with a light on. If it's an all in one type tank, I do recommend keeping the feeding lid perched open a bit to allow oxygen exchange freely. Once the cycle is complete, do two water changes in a week and run that light. Hardly ever have algae problems.

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I've been reefing for quite some time now. I never cycle with a light on. If it's an all in one type tank, I do recommend keeping the feeding lid perched open a bit to allow oxygen exchange freely. Once the cycle is complete, do two water changes in a week and run that light. Hardly ever have algae problems.

It's just a plain old 30G with a hang on filter, and skimmer. I'm going to finish setting it up tonight and get it cycling. Just wanted to be sure I wasn't going to have a two month cycle.. lol

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