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I think it's all dependant on personal preference and ideas of a marine tank, my personal experience and how I was taught was to set the tank up running with live rock and wait a month useing an ammonia source such as an old prawn and test everyday until it had cycled properly useing a bacteria supplementI would like to have tried NSW but I'm in West Yorkshire and don't fancy travelling every week to get more water and also wanted to control pests and nasty bacteria getting into my tank. So this time around I went with man made rock (pest free) everything is set up and running and using a ammonia source as ammonia chloride I think it is (I'm away from the bag don't hold me to the name but it's a powdered chemical) and so far so good I use RODI water I make myself so have all the control on that and just testing every day again.You probably will get an algae bloom in the first few months no matter what that's completley normalAlot of my research and videos watched was BRS on YouTube and alot of people rate them so iv tended to aim towards those types protocols and proceduresI thought it's exciting that there is so many different ways of setting a tank up and when I upgrade/set another up I'll try a different method :)Sent from my VOG-L29 using Tapatalk
I just love watching all the beasties in the LR,yes Ive had a few I dont want ,like Teddy Bear crabs ,but soft corals come on rock so you will always get something. Once had a pretty big Eunice worm Peacock Mantis...
hi, so im getting tons of info from different people about how to start my aquarium up. im getting told i dont have to wait a month before introducing coral and fish as a algae bloom can happen at anytime anyway, im being told to wait a month until thinking about fish and coral, also what waters best im being told that nsw is better and others are telling me to stay away from it, so im not sure what my next step should be as all this different info has become confusing.any help would be appreciated
If you ever get a Mantis contact me, have a 12G long (36*10*10 inch) that I have sat aside for one
Hi and welcome.Just to add to the others, ALL reef tanks work eventually unless the owner doesn't want to get involved. As an example, mine is using living rock that's been in a the tank 20+ years, and I'm waiting for the Nitrates to go down, two months in, nothing in the tank.Maybe I should've used inert/new rock, who's to say? There is no right or wrong way, just different ways.I'm learning still, and as Carol said, things have changed over the years, it's actually become easier, especially with the internet that I didn't have at the beginning.No advice really from me other than take your time and don't try and rush things, glean what info you can from these posts, ask any questions you want, they're a very friendly bunch here.
Noooo....not sharing ...I used to feed it and it didnt cause a problem.
LFS trying to order me one, well a little one
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