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- Jan 15, 2018
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There is a lot of nonsense for sure but if it helps any here is what I know using both old school and Dr. Tim's one and only. Both work but at different a different pace. Old school and more traditional way of using food or a piece of shrimp my 100 gallon took about 90 days give or take to process ammonia to 0 in under 24 hours. I wish I documented at what stage I introduced a fish (chromis) but I do recall I was following Moe's Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder to a Tee. His chart and what I remember my tank doing was almost a match which was part of the fun.@Katrina71
There is a lot of nonsense back and forth...as per usually in these threads at times. I am sure Dr. Reef would be happy to share a brief synopsis. I do wonder if he ever wrote an article outlining his findings I know there was another thread using some monitor for an additional study.Call me old school, back in the day we placed a deli shrimp in a tank to kick start the cycle. When tank reached 1.5-2 ppm ammonia we pulled it out and waited sometimes weeks to months for bacteria to colonize and drop ammonia and nitrites down to 0 to make tank safe for livestock. With recent...www.reef2reef.com
The current tank upgrade from the 40 breeder to the 210 I used Dr. Tim's by dosing ammonia per his instructions and waiting until it was able to process 4 ppm ammonia in under 24 hours which took about 28 days. His instructions suggest sooner but for me it was 28 days. I let the tank run for another month then fired up lights and skimmer and consolidated the two tanks 15 days later.
I think the thread you are referencing also used the Turbo 9000 which worked in under 24 hours. It used Dr. Tim's and the other both of which worked but one faster than the other. I'm not a huge fan of the faster pace stuff and with dry rock, well, it is going to take a year or more to mature anyway so why rush it was my thought. So Dr. Tim's worked for me I guess in the end although I still wish I followed through and saved a bit more to use TBS rock.
Pukani rock is horrible in my opinion.
Edit: Not sure if your post was asking a question or just in passing so no idea why I gave my input....