FIRST TANK cycling - ID?

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Hey!

I have just started cycling my first ever tank. I'm using carrib live sand and 1 big piece of live rock (straight from LF's pool to my house in like 30 mins). I then have some dry rock (white)

I'm about to start week 3 of cycle.

Thoughts? Advice so far?

Also is this coraline algae?

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Reply #1

Hi welcome to ReefBase ,
Have you been testing and feeding the tank through out your cycle ?
Ideally you should be feeding the tank with a little food which will allow the different bacteria colonies to break down the food into the different parts of the nitrogen cycle , ammonia to nitrite to nitrate and testing for the 3 to confirm your cycle . The cycle is complete normally after seeing spikes in ammonia and then nitrite before being turned to nitrate at the end .
Have you decided what stock you are going to have in your tank yet ?

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Hii! Thanks for the reply.
I haven't been feeding yet! I thought the tiny bit of die-off would be enough? (I did see some ammonia which has nearly cleared up now, only a tiny tiny bit left).

Or hopefully, I've not made a mistake in not feeding... Got the diatoms also!

As for livestock, was thinking two osc clowns and a few hermits?
Not 100% sure on space, since It's 60L

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If there isn't enough food the bacteria will die back , feeding the tank a little each day or two helps to build the bacteria population before adding clean up crew ( snails , hermits , shrimps etc) , and fish . Doing this will stop any ammonia spikes as the bacteria doesn't need to catch up with the bioload of adding CUC & fish .
Diatoms will appear in a new setup as they feed of silicates and excess nutriants in the sand and rock and should burn themselves out in a few weeks .
What's the tank dimensions ?

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Size:  61 x 30.5 x 38cm

What food should I get? (For my planned livestock and ghost feed)?

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Reply #5

Anything really , flake , pellet or frozen cubes , any would do , personally I used frozen cubes on my own tank during cycling . Some even just add a prawn or similar .
Yeah I think that dimensions would be fine for a pair of clowns .
Another thing to keep in check and test for would be phosphate levels , these added with the nitrates produced fuel the growth of unwanted algaes in the tank .
Which will probably be one of the next things you'll need to deal with once underway .

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Cool! I will get right on those ponts!

I'm guessing I will have to stick to the smaller clownfish? as Maroon and Clarki? Get bigger?

What number of scarlet/red legged hermits do you think?

also, is it coraline algae in the second pick?

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Reply #7

Yeah sticking to the smaller varieties would definitely benefit your tank , unless like a lot of us here ... The bug hits and the bigger tank you go lol
I'd probably just stick to one or two , they can be a bit of a pain at times , quite happy to kill off a snail or two to get themselves a new home . It would depend on how many other critters you'd like to add as part of CUC .
Not sure about the coralline at the mo , only viewing on the phone at the minute and pics a little small , The light purple colour could be the start of  fresh coralline growth tho

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Thanks for all your help :)

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Reply #9

Sound advice above. Keep us updated.

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Reply #10

Just a quick update: Few days into Week 3
Latest readings from my Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate.
My Ph seems to stay around 8.2, I will test that again in the weekly.


I also did my first phantom feed today - some small pellets.
I'm going to re-test the next few days and see if the bacteria handles the ammonia?

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Reply #11

Feed the amount you'd feed a couple of fish daily.  You need to build the bacteria to the level they can handle that amount of waste every day, without an ammonia spike.  You can test a couple of hours after feeding and see what the result is.  If there's ammonia, it's no processing it fast enough to add fish.  If/when it's all clear each time, you're ready to go shopping.

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Cool! Sounds Easy :)

The hard part, I guess, is knowing how much I'm going to feed haha. I did a pinch of pellets.. although they are incredibly small, so it seemed like a lot! :P

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Reply #13

Keep on with that.  Daily and test a couple of hours later.  After a couple of days you'll know if you're cycled or not.

The problem with not feeding is the bacteria that process the waste from ammonia to nitrite then starve.  You need to keep them fed.

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Reply #14

Also keep a eye on your end nitrate levels while going through the process , you don't want these to end up too high , as these will need to be brought back down for stocking .
Have you looked into different methods of dealing with Nitrates and Phosphates ? water changes may be the simplest option for a tank that size , but there are also other methods , dosing a carbon source (not to be confused with the black filter carbon) to deal with nitrates or various media's that can either be bagged and placed in an area of high flow , or run in a media reactor to remove both .

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