Reefer 250 Build. 15 years away from the hobby but I am back

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Dal, I set my reefer 250 up last night and it sits 4 inches away from my wall, the new aquatic life floating hybrid mount says it sets the light up to 3.75inches away from the wall. I’m curious to pull the trigger on that floating mount set-up like we talked about on Facebook and see if it works with my tank. My other option I’m thinking is putting a shelf above my tank and do this:

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That is interesting thinking of putting a shelf above the tank. You could then have the tank more then 4 inches away from the wall. There are some really nice shelf's out there that could be used. If you do get the AquaticLife hanging kit let us know how it turns out.
 
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After the tank was filled I let it run for 4 days before starting the cycle. My thoughts was the rock has been dry and stored for 15 years. I was wanting the rock to rehydrate as much as possible. I for sure wanted to go with a fish-less cycle so decided to go with Dr. Tim's ONE & Only and Dr. Tim's Ammonium Chloride..

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After adding Dr. Tim's I tested and the ammonia was for sure up. I continued to test almost daily. The ammonia was barley moving off of 2.0 and nitrite was not showing up. It had been 14 days and would have thought that I would see better numbers by now. I also had a pretty big bacteria bloom which may have slowed down the cycle. I just decide to wait it out and not get in a hurry. I was not running any lights or skimmer during the cycle.

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After waiting another week and no movement in both ammonia and nitrite I felt like the cycle was stuck.

After doing a lot of reading on here and product sites I decided to jump start everything with Fritz Turbo Start 900. Before I say anything else this stuff is amazing. I will only use this going forward with setting up a new tank. I most likely will add it from time to time to boost the bacteria in the thank. Within 24 hours all of my testing started changing. With 5 days the tank was completely cycled.

If you do go with Fritz you need to try to get it locally as your LFS or maybe a place like AlageBarn. Fritz has to stay refrigerated and within its shelf life. When I added it the tank it was very cloudy with live bacteria.

I wish I has taken a pic but my tank completely cleared up after adding Fritz

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