1. M

    Should i cycle new aquarium if it has media from old aquarium?

    Hello reefers, Just got a 10 gallon jbj today as an upgrade from my fluval evo 5 since my pump went out. I got new dry sand and dry rock for the new aquarium. I will be setting it up tomorrow and plan on using 2-3 gallons of water from my previous tank. I also have a 1 gallon sump with media...
  2. ReeferMadne55

    Fritz Turbostart

    I just used some Fritz Turbostart 900 and some flakes to cycle a brackish aquarium. How long should it take to cycle?
  3. gidelgadojr

    Just bought 65 gallon used tank

    Bought a 65 gallon tank that was running for a year, but the owner got a bigger one and gave me this with everything included, but lights and stand. I build my own stand replaced the piping because it needed a touch up. I filled it with freshwater everything runs smoothly. I’m putting in the...
  4. ReeferMadne55

    New brackish setup questions

    So I decided to add a new brackish aquarium to my room to compliment my reef tank. I already had extra supplies and equipment laying around, so essentially I’m building this tank for free (woohoo). I just had a few questions regarding the setup and cycling. 1. Can I use my Instant Ocean Reef...
  5. Newatthis

    Nano Build Fluval Spec Marine Filtration Question

    Hi All, Apologies if this is not in the correct topic; I’ve recently purchased the Fluval Spec with Marine Upgrade (literally just the lighting that’s different) and have a question on filtration. The tank has been set up for four days now and all tests look fine...I current have the standard...
  6. CodyB67

    Protein Skimmer During Cycle

    I have a red sea reefer nano that im setting up, and i was wondering do i need a protein skimmer or should i finish the cycle then put one in?
  7. Mollyrosecoburn

    Lights on or off when cycling?

    Hi everyone, I’ve seen quite a lot of contradictory information around the subject of keeping lights on whilst cycling. Can anyone shed some light on whether keeping the lights on actually effects the bacteria populations’ growth? Does algae use the same nutrients as the bacteria? I’d love a...
  8. gavinb612

    Upgrading tank question

    I unfortunately made the mistake of settling for a lesser than because it was cheaper, and now I am switching to what I wanted, but my question is, will me moving all my rock, ceramic, marine pure, and possibly some of the water cause a cycle in the new tank? I’m moving from a 24g Aquatop that’s...
  9. LxHowler

    Keep a tank cyled

    I started cycling a tank about 5 weeks ago, before the lockdown. The tank has nearly finished cycling now and is almost ready for livestock. I was wondering if since my lfs is only doing essentials and not allowing the sale of livestock could I use my bottled ammonia to keep the tank cycled. I...
  10. Mrlwst

    Hello New Member

    Hello I just wanted to introduce myself, as suggested in my welcome email. My name is Sheldon and I just started a 65 Gallon saltwater tank and it has been a real struggle from the start, maybe due to my impatience. Today is day 6 and I am awaiting items to be delivered and trying to find...
  11. T

    Cube Build Bio Cube Cycle

    Hello everyone, So on Sunday March 22 2020 I turned on the pump to my brand new bio cube 32. I have live sand and live rock in there. My lfs told me to also ghost feed every other day. I still have not seen any spike in ammonia. How long does it take usually for the cycle to start?
  12. Erick Armanii

    Copepods now or later?

    Good morning r2r! What’s everyone’s opinions on adding copepods? Before or after fish are added? Should I have the refugium up and running or the dry rock will provide enough hiding spaces? I’m about 6 weeks into my initial cycle of a new 125g long and triton 44 sump. My test kits are still...
  13. Darkshadow1500

    Fishless cycling

    So this time around I want to do a fishless cycle with dry rock, I’ve seen a few products to help with this, one kit that caught my attention was the MICROBACTER DRY ROCK BACTERIA STARTER KIT from Brightwell, it comes with: Microbacter QuickCycl which is the ammonia additive to feed the...
  14. BeaverLakeAndy

    Fishelss Cycle Questions

    Hi everyone. I'm currently on day 13 of a fishless cycle using Aquavitro Seed and Dr. Tim's ammonium chloride. I dosed to 4 ppm ammonia on day one. It took until day 11 to have ammonia back to zero, and I have not dosed ammonia again due to off the chart nitrite readings. I've well been over 5...
  15. J

    First time building a tank, could use some opinions and knowledge.

    Hello reefers! This is my very first time building my own reef tank and I could really use some help! Current set up: 40 gallon imagitarium modular aquarium (30W x 17H x 19D) 307 Fluval Canister filter Hydor 565 wave maker 200W Titanium no name heater (Amazon) Glass top Stock light (garbage)...
  16. Fishbro

    Help with cycling quarantine

    Ok so I’m going to admit I’ve never really dosed ammonia or did the fishless way to cycle my tank I’ve always done freshwater and pretty much in tank cycling. I’m going to read my parameters from the last 3 days and how I’ve been cycling the tank and any suggestions to if I’m doing anything...
  17. Jarbour88

    Dr tims one and only cycling

    I read that dr tim says this cycle will finish in about a week but it has been about 3 weeks now and my ammonia levels dont seem to be reducing while my nitrites and nitrates rise. Any advice?
  18. S

    Nutrition during cycling

    Hi all! Im just cycling a new tank with complete dry rock. I had no lights on for the first 3 month and threw a shrimp into the tank and added some bacteria. The bacteria broke down the shrimp and i had some nutrients in the tank all the time. After 3 months ive added some fish and switched...
  19. Coral Storm


    my 50 gallon is approaching is is amid a major crash. and i got a new 75 gal red sea max250 need it to cycle fast but i cant risk moving any water from the crashing 50 gallon. im doing this to attempt saving my anemome. (doing terrible) corals (hardy ones are still doing okay) fish (doing well...
  20. Reef-Gang414

    C-Vue 26 AOI set up! New here!

    Hey y’all my name is Luke and I recently set up a cvue 26 all-in-one with a hydra 26 hd. I am currently waiting out the cycle stage and it seems to be taking longer then previous ranks. I have just started getting what look like little brown clusters of I think algae on the rock and sand no...
  21. I

    Ammonia not spiking during cycle

    So 2 weeks ago I started my 69 gallon tank with dry Marco rock, live sand, Dr Tims One and Only, and a cocktail shrimp. After 3 days I began testing and I seen no real rise in ammonia and a very small rise in nitrite. At the 1 week mark I pulled out the shrimp and replaced it with a raw shrimp...
  22. Peach02

    Cure and cycle in tub?

    Essentially for my new tank I'm thinking of using entirely dry rock apart form a tiny piece to seed Coraline algae. my question: can I cure and cycle rock inside a container like this one. If I do it in this one will a sponge filter be adequate for filtration / water flow? Is a skimmer really...
  23. Peach02

    Cycling a refugium?

    essentially I am planning a new tank and I've decided to make a external refugium for it however I cannot afford the new tank as of right now. My question is do I need to cycle the refugium if I start it now as all I would be putting in it is some cheato some media. My question is will this need...
  24. Peter K

    During cycle, nitrates have risen to 30ppm but nitrites are stalled at 1ppm

    Hi all, I just finished up week 6 of our cycle but am still detecting nitrites at around 1ppm (using salifert test kit. I have no ammonia, or very little, according to salifert ammonia test kit) but my nitrates have risen from 5ppm on August 5th to around 30-35ppm now. Nitrites have...
  25. K


    Hello! Not sure why my ammo is and nitrites haven’t gone down! I started a 150 gal 6 weeks ago. We started fish in and after learning our lesson took them back out about 3 weeks ago but left a few hermit crabs in and I dose with prime every couple of days. The ammonia has been high the entire...