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knoxtnreef

New member
i've been out of the hobby for about 5 years. i picked up a 20g nano with non-live sand and non-live rock. what is the best cycling/bio/bacteria solution on the market today to get things rolling?
 

VWD

Smelly fish
I agree on seeding the tank with live rock from an friends tank or LFS and shrimp, you can also use a cup of sand from another tank. In the early day we used sand to seed before live rock came into play.
 

Ntvper

New member
I agree on seeding the tank with live rock from an friends tank or LFS and shrimp, you can also use a cup of sand from another tank. In the early day we used sand to seed before live rock came into play.


Adding MicroBacter7 or dr Tim's one n done is a great start definitely use if no live rock or sand is avail or with is a good boost


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knoxtnreef

New member
thanks for everyone's responses. I exchanged some non-live sand for some live sand, pink fiji and am going to my LFS to buy a small piece of LR. I was also looking at TurboStart but it sounds like between the LS/LR/and a piece of shrimp as the above suggested, buying supplements in a bottle may not be needed. I'm in no hurry to stock anything, in fact, if the cycle takes over 30 days I'm totally fine with it.
 

knoxtnreef

New member
thanks for everyone's responses. I exchanged some non-live sand for some live sand, pink fiji and am going to my LFS to buy a small piece of LR. I was also looking at TurboStart but it sounds like between the LS/LR/and a piece of shrimp as the above suggested, buying supplements in a bottle may not be needed. I'm in no hurry to stock anything, in fact, if the cycle takes over 30 days I'm totally fine with it. If I was to get totally desperate I can also visit the ocean haha...i'm literally 5 minutes away from it.
 

Vinny Kreyling

Premium Member
Now I will throw you the CURVE BALL --
The longer you can wait without lighting the better.
I think 3 months is what they say.
This is important for bacteria & helps avoid algae blooms.
@ least that's what they say.
 

knoxtnreef

New member
Now I will throw you the CURVE BALL --
The longer you can wait without lighting the better.
I think 3 months is what they say.
This is important for bacteria & helps avoid algae blooms.
@ least that's what they say.

Good you say that, I knew lighting wasnt needed for the cycling process and I currently havent decided what I'm getting..most likely AI Prime 16HD but since it's pretty expensive no lights for at least 2 months would work fine for my budget I believe
 

Timfish

Timfish
Premium Member
The guy who mentored me back in the early 90s was a huge fan of wild live rock for getting a reef systems started. Since only a tiny fraction of the microbial stuff in a reef ssytem can be cultured it's still the best source for the microbial stuff and sponges essential for a healthy reef ecosystem.

here's an article and some videos:

"Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R2BMEfQGjU

Changing Seas - Mysterious Microbes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7hsp0dENEA

Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont
https://youtu.be/DWItFGRQJL4

BActeria and Sponges
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oLDclO7UcM

Maintenance of Coral Reef Health (refferences at the end)
https://youtu.be/dGIPveFJ_0Q

Optical Feedback Loop in Colorful Coral Bleaching
https://youtu.be/oadKezUYkJE

Richard Ross What's up with phosphate"
https://youtu.be/ZRIKW-9d2xI
 

knoxtnreef

New member
The guy who mentored me back in the early 90s was a huge fan of wild live rock for getting a reef systems started. Since only a tiny fraction of the microbial stuff in a reef ssytem can be cultured it's still the best source for the microbial stuff and sponges essential for a healthy reef ecosystem.

here's an article and some videos:

"Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R2BMEfQGjU

Changing Seas - Mysterious Microbes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7hsp0dENEA

Nitrogen cycling in hte coral holobiont
https://youtu.be/DWItFGRQJL4

BActeria and Sponges
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oLDclO7UcM

Maintenance of Coral Reef Health (refferences at the end)
https://youtu.be/dGIPveFJ_0Q

Optical Feedback Loop in Colorful Coral Bleaching
https://youtu.be/oadKezUYkJE

Richard Ross What's up with phosphate"
https://youtu.be/ZRIKW-9d2xI

awesome thank you
 
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