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So in Jan I started cycling some rock for a tank. It was dry marco. 1 bottle of Tims per 100 gallon tub. Dosed ammonia. Added a table shrimp in each tub just because im old school. Added a powerhead. It took 3 weeks in the cold to cycle enough where I felt it was ready to go in the tank. I spoke with many people that cycled marco rock and all seem to agree that 3 weeks was the time period.If that is the case - why are folks like dr tim, mr saltwater tank, and madmatter reef (his was a 200+ gallon tank) saying it " can " take 7 days or less.
Can is a key word here. Depends on rock, sand, temp, light, salinity, "bacteria in sand , rock, air and the tank" before you added water... and the salt water gods. Lots of variables.
Curing pukani was an option for me - but I didn’t go that route because there was an import ban at the time and no one had it in stock so I went the dry macro + Dr Tim method instead.
And this was a fine way to go.
You can read post 37 and the next page post 66 with pictures.
If anyone wants an instant tank, you need live rock with no die off. Even then you might have a mini cycle.