Hi, welcome to MASA, right, no, the sand and water don't cycle for 6 weeks, the liverock you buy has to cycle until the ammonia/nitrite and nitrate levels return to zero (this spike is caused by very small creatures and bacteria dying off from transporting the rock from shop to home). Just checking, where did you get your marine water from?hi there, i stay in ct and i have just started in the hobby although i have studied it in books. i have a 1.2 m tank with sand and marine water in it , gotta cycle it for six weeks?
i'm guessing the skinny tubes are T5's? the tank under the main tank is a sump, and a DSB is a Deep Sand Bed, goes in the sump, 100-1500mm deep sand bed that helps to denitrify the tank, you will get used to the terminology as you golighting is flourescents , six skinny ones , two blue , four white, the skimmer is under the tank in another tank, no name brand, what is a dsb?
You can run a DSB in your tank, not always the easiest thing but is done quite often. Make sure you have the correct depth as you need oxygen starved snad, where the nice Nitite eating bacteria thrive.thank you, why cant you just have deeper sand in your fish tank? this is what i have done oops