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Old May 9th, 2009, 12:45 PM   #1
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When starting a saltwater tank I heard live rock and live sand will help it cycle faster is this true?
How much live sand or live rock do I use?
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Old May 9th, 2009, 12:56 PM   #2
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First yes live sand and live rock speed up a cycle very much. Year ago when starting a saltwater tank it was not uncommon for it to take 6-12 weeks. Now with live sand and live rock I have cycle a tanks in 4- 6 days.
Huge difference right!!!!
Second live rock as a general rule you should use about 1-2 pounds per gal. Sand is a bt harder to judge, it depend on how deep of a sand bed you want. You can use as little as 2 inches or I have seen as much as 9 inches in a tank. You do not have to use all live sand. I usually use 1 or 2 bags to seed the regular sand. Other wse it get to be expensive.
If you are looking for live sand, we at the Brooklyn Aquarium Society are selling it for $20.00 a bag for 20 lbs. Thats a steel!! Just come to one of our meetings, look on our site for the next mmeting
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Old January 6th, 2010, 09:45 AM   #3
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I am in the same postion as you Slatz, just starting out this thread has been a help. Cheers fellas
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Old September 28th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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once you start a salt fresh is like kid s stuff
The fish just blow away freshwater
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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Can I start a saltwater tank lets say a 10 gallon tank and use the same equipment as freshwater ie; a small aerator with an airstone and a box filter or a aquaclear filter??🐳and the lights the same as fresh water🐠
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Old October 3rd, 2012, 07:06 PM   #6
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i would not recommend it for a beginner no less
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