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Newbie Question...cycling


karmey11

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I have my ph and salt levels perfect. I only have a portion of my live rock in my tank so far but i was wondering once I have all of my live rock in my tank.. how long before i can get damsels? How long should it take for my tank to cycle and how will i know? Oh btw I have a 24g aquapod.. thanks!

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Kellie in CA

IMO don't get any damsels, you will grow to hate them. You can't put any fish in unil the cycle is complete, it should take about a month. Do you have a test kit? The only way you will know is to monitor your progress by testing every few days.

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it will help out your cycle if you get some water from a tank at you lfs. thats what I did, and my tank was completly cycled wthin 2 weeks.you can also tell that your tank is cycled, because you will get a bloom of brown algea, forget what it's called.

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Here are some great articles to read. At the bottom is a link where you can listen to a broadcast on cycling.

 

Acroynms and Abbreviations:

 

http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums/...light=acronyms

 

 

How to set up a natural reef:

 

http://chetday.com/nanoreef.htm

 

 

Lighting:

 

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-08/dw/index.php

 

http://www.reefcorner.com/Manual/lighting.htm

 

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch..._Code=Lighting

 

 

Cycling:

 

You can listen to someone speak to cycling [episode 50] - great!

 

http://www.talkingreef.com/forums/showthread.php?t=938

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Here are some great articles to read. At the bottom is a link where you can listen to a broadcast on cycling.

 

Acroynms and Abbreviations:

 

http://www.reefsanctuary.com/forums/...light=acronyms

How to set up a natural reef:

 

http://chetday.com/nanoreef.htm

Lighting:

 

http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-08/dw/index.php

 

http://www.reefcorner.com/Manual/lighting.htm

 

http://www.premiumaquatics.com/Merch..._Code=Lighting

Cycling:

 

You can listen to someone speak to cycling [episode 50] - great!

 

http://www.talkingreef.com/forums/showthread.php?t=938

 

that episode 50 is great should be required listening for anybody getting a tank

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