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    cycling the trank

    When I get the live rock in the tank. I understand I should not use too much light to begin to limit the algial growth.

    Should I aquire and run a protien skimmer right away or can I wait about 6 mos to let everything cycle and assuming I will have a low biological load.

    Still planning but getting closer.

    Ray

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    I started my 45 gal by getting 15 lbs of live rock - waited a couple of weeks with the lights on around 6-8 hours a day then got a pair of astrea snails and a pair of blue legs. They lived (I also did daily water tests) two weeks later I got a pair of clowns.
    Its the early bird that gets the worm, but its the second mouse that gets the cheese.

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    Jonah, it all depends on how cured the rock you get is. This can vary greatly and therefore everyone will have a different experiance. It is a good idea the have a skimmer right away if you can do it. The skimmer will help remove organics and oxygenate the water- this will help the rock cure faster. Yuo will need test kits for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. When the cycle is finished, you should do a decent water change and then try a fish. If the rock is already cured, then you may be adding fish sooner than 6-8 weeks (which is standard curing time for uncured live rock). Only the tests will tell you when the tank is ready...
    But, back to your question-Yes it is a good idea to run a skimmer if you can swing it!
    Matt.

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    So, another question, is uncured rock preferrable to cured when setting up a new tank?
    77 Gal Mixed reef -33 gal sump -20 gal fuge
    440 watt vho lighting - 2 watt moon lights

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    uncured rock that you cure yourself is the preferred choice. It will add increased bio diversity to the setup and it's also cheaper to buy.
    Rob

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    it's preferred, but don't wait for ever to get it. You will eventually add all the biodiversity you want just by adding corals to the tank. Most of them come on a piece of live rock, each with it's own universe of microorganisms..
    Matt.

    Old system torn down to make a playroom.. planning a 62x42x28 high

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