Cycling with AF

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After a full year of delays I'll be starting my first tank (~45 gal total with sump) in a couple weeks and have a few questions about starting a fresh tank with AF Products.

There will be no live rock but perhaps live sand. (?) So basically starting from a clean slate. I would like to start with the probiotic salt right from the start.

What's the preferred method to cycle using AF products?
Should the skimmer and GFO/Carbon reactors be on during the cycle?
Since adding bacteria to the tank does live sand have any benefit?

Much thanks.
 

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Congrats on your new tank!

I don't use AF products but I keep skimmer off and no carbon when cycling. Sand is helpful although I personally have bare bottom tanks currently. Got tired of cleaning the sand even though it looks better.
 

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I would keep reactors and skimmerd off during cycle. For cycling you can either start with bottled bacteria or just toss in a piece of raw shrimp and let it rot. Also live sand has some bacteria in it as well. It will help with cycle. Also adds more space for bacteria to grow and live. I personally run bb on my tank
 

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After a full year of delays I'll be starting my first tank (~45 gal total with sump) in a couple weeks and have a few questions about starting a fresh tank with AF Products.

There will be no live rock but perhaps live sand. (?) So basically starting from a clean slate. I would like to start with the probiotic salt right from the start.

What's the preferred method to cycle using AF products?
Should the skimmer and GFO/Carbon reactors be on during the cycle?
Since adding bacteria to the tank does live sand have any benefit?

Much thanks.
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First thing ....you need to understand why you will use probiotic salt? It contains beneficial bacteria, amino acid and vitamins. You definitely don't need the amino and vitamin during tank cycling so use their reef salt it will save some money. Treat the tank for 2 weeks with Bio S and then after that shift to Pro BioS. You dont need carbon but you can keep GFO. You dont need live sand but if you have it does not hurt. You can keep the skimmer on too.
 

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Agree with Anirban. Also media like Siporax and Matrix are often used in addition to rock for bacteria colonization but this is not essential. Start with Bio S as he said.
 

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