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Marine Aquarium Cycle

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  3. magman

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    Many thanks Dean, that is part one, maybe part two is a list of fish/corals and when you can add them, eg chucking a manderin and nemmie in on day one, lights, flow etc,

    I have a friend in Richards bay who is also about to cycle a tank soon, I think he is waiting for water or a plumber, something like that, but I will forward this link to him, he is a member on MASA and may find this link useful.......
     
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    Great post Viper,

    Is there a twitter, or FB button?
    Would love to tweet this post!
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys. Feel free to do your own articles, about anything. ;)
    Yip, near the very top of the post you will find the Facebook Share and Tweet buttons, look for this - [​IMG] They should be on every thread, so tweet away. :)
     
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    Ya i think that will be a great idear Magman and thanks so much for the write up helps us nebies alot
     
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    Thanks Viper, I should have wiped the crap from my eyes :)
    Once again, excellent post!
     
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    Nice one boss!
     
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    Now, to automatically sent this link to every person that registers on MASA.
    Or have this page as the default nex page to display when a person registers.
     
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    Thanks, very easy and well done article.
     
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    Nice article Viper !
     
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    :lol::lol: Just saw this now. Magman, there is a list of fish etc:

    http://reefmaniacs.com/hl/Starting with Marines.htm

    Easy Soft Corals For Your Reef Tank - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Btw Dean, very nice read, never saw this thread:thumbup:
     
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    Nice cycling introduction Viper. If I can just add my quick 2c. I find it works wonders to cycle a tank without lights. This prevents most forms of algea build-up.

    Every single customer that has cycled their tanks for 6 weeks without light units did not have any form of algea. The small downfall is that you loose some of the caroline algea and other live forms that requires light you might have on the live rock.

    But like you said.., there is many ways to skin a cat!
     
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    The love to hate thread, well almost there. Keep on looking at this thread to see if my diatom algae colour looks better, compared to the pic you posted
     
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    :whistling: Update time...! :yeahdude:
     
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    Awesome! As a complete noob I have so many questions. I've been trolling this forum for weeks now, gathering valuable information from people such as yourself. One of the questions I had pertained to cycling my new tank (which should arrive on Friday!), but your post has clearly answered that.

    One other question I have would probably require a diagram or such: What does each item in the average marine aquarium do? But not just the obvious hardware - also things like fish (what does their excrement, for instance, do to your tank - what filters it out, etc). Also, what causes nitrites and nitrates to go up or down and so on. I know most of these questions are answered in various ways on the forum, but a nice, clear post such as this one would help a lot of people, I think!
     
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    Can anyone help clarify this, "my tank has been cycling now for 2 weeks and a friend told me to add some fish food to the water to speed up the process"

    does this actually work?
     
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    Anything that is dying or decomposing in the tank will cause ammonia, then bacteria converts it to nitrites and then to nitrates. Only when you can control nitrates with water changes and it stays stable for a week or so then the cycle is finished.
    The nitrogen cycle takes time, depending on how much die off is in the live rock - up to 6 weeks. Some say you can also add a whole dead shrimp (the ones you buy from a grocery shop) to decompose. It will not speed up the cycle, the same with food. It still needs to break down and go through the process.
    Patience is the key here - you cannot speed mother nature up, she can come back to bite you :p
    Some reading for you on starting a marine tank in my signature - great info ;)
     
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    @NabeelV this only causes harm to the fish and can lengthen the cycle. Rather just sit back and relax
     
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    thanx for this post, my tank is busy filling with ro water, nice to get an idea of what to do next. i know now to wait for the dust to settle b4 adding live rock!! Did not realise this b4!!
     
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    do you need to run your skimmer during the cycling process??
     
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