Keeping Tank Cycled Once Finished

Schraufabagel

Active Member
View Badges
Marketplace Rating
Joined
Oct 29, 2020
Messages
323
Reaction score
240
Location
Wisconsin
I am currently cycling my live rock and live sand in a trash can. My question is, once the cycle is complete, do I have to periodically add Ammonia Chloride until I add livestock? I won't be adding any livestock until June once I have moved. And that's just adding them to the 20 gallon QT that I will have. After another month (in July), the 5 fish will be moved to my 25 gallon display tank. I will however add a clean up crew and inverts in June, so I don't know if that's enough to keep the bacteria population established.
 

Azedenkae

Valuable Member
View Badges
Marketplace Rating
View Shop
Joined
Feb 26, 2021
Messages
2,031
Reaction score
1,893
Location
Chicago
I am currently cycling my live rock and live sand in a trash can. My question is, once the cycle is complete, do I have to periodically add Ammonia Chloride until I add livestock? I won't be adding any livestock until June once I have moved. And that's just adding them to the 20 gallon QT that I will have. After another month (in July), the 5 fish will be moved to my 25 gallon display tank. I will however add a clean up crew and inverts in June, so I don't know if that's enough to keep the bacteria population established.
Nitrifiers can survive starvation for a long period of time, from a few weeks to a few months. With that said, given the duration of your delay, I would suggest adding ammonium chloride every two weeks or so, especially since you already have it on hand and well, you're not gonna use it for anything else probably right? XD Why waste fish food or whatever when you can just use the ammonium chloride. Might as well use it during this time. If you want to be super sure, every week would suffice too.
 
OP
Schraufabagel

Schraufabagel

Active Member
View Badges
Marketplace Rating
Joined
Oct 29, 2020
Messages
323
Reaction score
240
Location
Wisconsin
Nitrifiers can survive starvation for a long period of time, from a few weeks to a few months. With that said, given the duration of your delay, I would suggest adding ammonium chloride every two weeks or so, especially since you already have it on hand and well, you're not gonna use it for anything else probably right? XD Why waste fish food or whatever when you can just use the ammonium chloride. Might as well use it during this time. If you want to be super sure, every week would suffice too.
I'll plan on adding some of it every two weeks. Thank you!
 
Reef Chasers Aquaculture

Have you ever had a reef tank with no sump and how did it go?

  • YES and it was just fine

    Votes: 290 58.8%
  • YES but it was difficult

    Votes: 95 19.3%
  • NO

    Votes: 97 19.7%
  • Other (please explain)

    Votes: 11 2.2%
Copepods
Top