What can i expect from a cycle with only base rock


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What will happen if i just use some fish food with my base rock. Will anything happen at all?? The rock has been in the tank now over 3 months but i just put some fish food in it a week ago. Will i get anything out of this?? I thought i found a few spots with some brown algea, but it could just be some thing else too.


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If you add too much you will. I suggest you add a few good size peices of live rock to you tank instead. This will bring some life into your tank and act as a seed to the rest of your rock.


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Keep the light low or down and you can minimize some of the hair algae. Since your rock will have no or less die off there will likely be less fuel for nuisance algae in any event.