new beginners cycling

  1. D

    New 20 gallon, cycle question.

    hello R2R world! New to the forum, and also my first salt water tank set up! So on Thursday I set up a 20 gallon tank with an aquaclear 50. Set temperature to 78°f. My salinity is at 1.020. I used 10 lbs of dry rock and 20 lbs bag of Fiji pink live sand. I also added 1 raw never frozen shrimp...
  2. J

    New to hobby, question about parameters during cycle

    Hello! This is my first post, and I am also brand new to the reef aquarium hobby. Here's my question. I'm trying to cycle my 55 gallon aquarium. Salt and temp are all good. I have 2 clowns in the tank after using Dr. Tims One And Only, and have been cycling for 4 days (tracking for 3). I also...
  3. N

    Fluval Evo 13.5 Micro Bubbles by Return Pump and Powerhead

    Hey folks, I've recently got into the reefing hobby this week and set up my Fluval Evo 13.5 as my starting tank. I've come to realize that there are a fair amount of tiny air bubbles are around the tank with a majority of them being around the return pump and powerhead along by the protein...
  4. lennywee

    Build Thread New red sea reefer 350 Build

    Reefing Newbie here! Watched countless hours of BRStv before deciding to take the plunge. Finally after having the tank built and sitting dry for 3 months (went out of town to quarantine with family), I've put water in the tank and started a fishless cycle using Dr Tim's one and only...
  5. R

    First Tank Cycle

    Hey everyone, I am new to the hobby and cycling my first tank. I have a 32.5g Fluval Flex. I started the cycle on 3/21. I used Dr Tims One & Only at the start. Inside the tank I've got the Caribsea Arag-Alive sand and Carib Sea Shapes rock. Currently, my readings are: Ammonia: 1 PPM Nitrite...
  6. alishahlakhani

    10g Nano - High Nitrites(NO2) ~5ppm+, No ammonia & minimal Nitrates(NO3) ~<6ppm

    Hey fellow reefers, I've very new to aquarium hobby and I have a (maybe stupid) cycling question. I've had my tank cycling for past 3.5 weeks and now my Nitrites(NO2) are extremely high(full purple) for past 1 week. I have very minimal to low algae growth. Equipment used. - Dry rocks and Dry...
  7. merluscipo

    When to test water?

    Today, I started my first reef tank. I have added live rock, live sand and water from a local fish store. As expected, once I added the water it got super cloudy. How long after adding the water should I wait to test the water parameters, i.e. salinity, pH, ammonia etc? Should I wait until the...
  8. Pain

    Starting New tank running on Aquaforest products

    Hello Aquaforest, I have build my new tank and started on 19/1/2018 and i got the list below of aquaforest product. Please let me know if i missed any of the product i should get for the tank. And please advise me with which product should i start. I have used Pure ammonia to start the cycle...
  9. DragonNamedPuff

    Sugegestions please :)

    I'm brand new to the hobby, I have a 55 gallon tank with a 30 gallon sump that I bought from a friend. Running an AquaIllumination Hydra LED and a VorTech MP10w. So I would like a bunch of suggestions for what to stock my tank with!? Inverts, fish, and coral? You could say I have a blank...
  10. MidwestReefer

    cycling confusion

    Hello everyone i've recently started my first reef tank, and it's been going for about 2 1/2 weeks. tank is a 13.5 G all and one, with cured live rock, live sand, seachem Seed as the bacteria booster, and temp at 86 degrees F. the first week I set everything up and let the tank run. all the...
  11. BBQ4Life


    Hello all! I'm brand new to the Aquarium hobby so please bear with me. I've always thought Aquariums were really cool and relaxing to look at. Being 48 years old, I'm thinking about some "me" time since my days of coaching Baseball and volunteering for various other things for my boys, (who...
  12. R

    The people at the lfs screwed me and my clowns :(

    I can't express the anger I am in right now....the people at my lfs basically told me to leave my tank for 3 weeks before adding fish with live rock. They told me absolutely nothing about the Nitrogen Cycle. After reading more and more on these forums I have learned about the Nitrogen Cycle and...
  13. audikers

    Switching a tank from Freshwater to Saltwater

    Hello! I am new to this hobby, and I will be converting a 150 gallon tank from fresh water to salt water. It is a beautiful clean tank and already drilled for saltwater. First. The tank has black sand in it from Hawaii. Can this sand be utilized for a saltwater set up? What do I need to do to...
  14. inkedtx

    Dry Reef Saver

    Hi, I just returned from my LFS. I have a Biocube 29 with 25 lbs of dry reef saver rock, live sand, dosed Seachem Stability first 7 days and feeding tank with fish flakes. (This is only Day 21 of tank cycle) LFS told me my dry rock is useless and I need 30 lbs of the live rock they sell...
  15. inkedtx

    Build Thread My first tank!! Biocube 29

    Tank set up November 5....pic is Day 2 Biocube 29 Dry ReefSaver Rock CaribSea Arag-Alive Special Grade Reef Sand, Fiji Pink
  16. inkedtx


    HI! I am completely new to this. I have a Biocube 29 currently on day 11 cycling. Super happy to have found y'all.