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My tank currently runs and cycles water! Lol. This is a milestone for sure. A pinpoint. Im confident to cycle my rock in fw and eventually add heater and salt. ": ) no drips. Plumbing good to go.
Ive attached pictures of my dining room to lol for amusement. Happy monday all.
I didnt want to set up such a large display after having a long break from tanking and i might want to take a 10+day vacation someday. Also a little intemidating after such a break.

Stepping stone. Patience. Goosefrabba or whatever. Ahhh my anxiety! Add animals add animals.
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Outstanding and congratulations!
Just an opinion, mind you... Starting out with saltwater, is, I think, a bit more beneficial than the freshwater switch to salt method. Not all nitrifying bacteria are the same in both environments. This way you keep and maintain the population of bacteria that will benefit you the most in the marine environment with little to no die-off of your bacteria. The amount of salt you are saving is nominal in a tank that size in my opinion vs the long-term benefit of starting off with saltwater. Best of luck and hold the course!
Now, all that goes out the door if you are using old live rock that you wish to rid of pests, in which case, fresh to salt is a solid method.
 
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Yup p dub im gonna have read that and re read that but the rock is old dead dry live rock. There is a lot of die off and tje rock needs to be cleaned and cycled if that makes sense. I didnt clean it when i removed it. Just dryed it in sun.
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Yup p dub im gonna have read that and re read that but the rock is old dead dry live rock. There is a lot of die off and tje rock needs to be cleaned and cycled if that makes sense. I didnt clean it when i removed it. Just dryed it in sun.
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In which case, we can assume nothing pest-worthy is still alive. So, I'd go saltwater cycle instead. Let the nitrifying bacteria build-up and feed off of the decaying organics. Let this one ride. I'd, personally, do a 3-4 month cycle. Don't forget to test weekly for ammonia and then nitrates, nitrites, and phosphates. Let the levels tell you what to do.
 
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Yes im gonna clean the water. Start a cycle with the die off. Wait. Wait. Wait. Add live rock and soft cycle. Wait wait wait. Lol.
Eventually i will add light and fish and softies.
Hopefully gonna ride this out like you said and wait the 8 months to 1 yr for sps and nems.
Id like to do a nice mixed reef with only 2 or so sps. To keep my alk and cal demand down. Ive got a life reef calcium reactor and c02 bottle. The whole set up rig ive never used...
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My tank currently runs and cycles water! Lol. This is a milestone for sure. A pinpoint. Im confident to cycle my rock in fw and eventually add heater and salt. ": ) no drips. Plumbing good to go.

It's good when you do the plumbing and there are no leaks. Now is the time to fine tune the water noise.
Not sure about what you said about " Cycle" and "Freshwater" in the same sentence.
Give me a call if you have any questions or want to bounce ideas.
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I mean the water is actually moving and cycling from the sump to the display. Lol. Sorry all. I am just running fw to clean my stinky rock a little. Their will still be stuff their to actual start cycle in sw yes.
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