Tank Cycle TL 550

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  1. Dre

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    Hi everyone. Thanks for all the advise so far. It has been a huge help. My tank has started cycling. It is almost a week old. I put in some special blend. What should I do during the cycle? Example use of lights? On or off and for how long. Water changes or any advice, tips or things to expect. Thanks.
     
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    Hi @Dre, glad to hear your cycle is still running smooth...
    I would leave everything on, especially the skimmer & flow pumps. They are a must during a cycle!
    You can switch the lights one for a couple hours a day but is not necesary...
    The lights only causes algae & diatom blooms so start of with only about 2-3 hours light a day & work your way up till your cycle is finished & you ready to add livestock...
    Will write up a more in detail answer tomorrow for you!
     
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    OK great thanks. Will do.
     
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    Water changes can be done, but is not really needed during the cycle period. And it does not matter. Personal preference

    You can run with the lights, as algae that pops up will also consume some unwanted particles, but sadly will release most again as they eventually breaks down. But diatoms and algae normally part of cycle process so get it and let it pass.
     
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    I have two types of lights. Which one do I use. Is on a day light and the other a night light?
     
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    nope, one would be a white 10000K and the other a blue 20000K. Both daytime
     
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    riaan is right, water changes and lights while cycling is more a preference than a must...
    The algae is almost a "must" in new tanks. I have heard of very few reefers who did not have algae when they started up their first tanks...

    The special blend you added is a good starting point to help your cycle along.

    My personal opinion about cycling is to switch on everything that you normally would keep on & wait it out!

    You can in the meanwhile start reading up on parameters in a marine tank & the effects of each!
     
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    I must of been one of the lucky few..:p..as most know..my "cycle" was almost 5months and I didn't have a stitch of Algae..and I had light's on full 8-10hours...(didn't know any better at the time)..:blush:
     
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    Lol, you lucky fish!
    I think the fact that you had no livestock in your tank had a big impack on that...
    Just out of interest... Do you have any algae at the moment?
     
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    As a matter of fact...I had MAJOR green slime algae and my water turned green in colour, when I started to add my Clowns...can't say it was due to no Algae during my Cycle as it turned out that my RO water was worse than tap water.. Marco tested my RO water and it was DISGUSTING...!!! I've been battling with Algae from the minute I added LS... 2yrs later and I'm still battling my A$$ off...;)
     
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    OK so It's been just over a week and there seems to be quite a bit of life growing on my live rock.

    The water is still very clear and all seems well. When I clean the filter can I rinse it with tap water?
     
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    If you are talking about the sponge I wouldn't recommend rinsing it with tap water because the chlorine will kill the bacteria that is on it. I do rinse my skimmers cup with tap water.
    I would say don't stress about cleaning it untill the cycle is over.
    Did you put any filter floss above the sponge?
     
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    OK thanks so should I not rinse the sponge during the cycle? After the cycle is complete then what do I rinse the sponge with?

    I did put one layer of floss on top. Is there anything else I should be doing through out the cycle or do I just wait?
     
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    I would leave the floss in untill the end of the cycle after that change it once or twice a week, depending on how much you are feeding.
    What I do is when I do a weekly water change I use the water that I take out the tank and rinse the sponge in that.
    As much as you may feel the urge to do something during the cycle its best to just leave the tank, you can also leave the light off to avoid algae growth.
     
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    4 weeks in and my tank is still crystal clear. This is my first marine tank but from what I have read shouldn't it start to go through the "ugly" stage?

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    Looks good. Test your water.
     
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    How are your parameter?
     
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    I don't have test kits. Which kits should I buy?
     
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    At least pH ammonia and nitrate to start with there are a lot you can get that you will use later on like,phosphates, calcium, KH, magnesium many others.
     
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