Why We Favor Fishless Cycling with Cured Live Rock

Chris Aldrich

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In years past, the most common method for establishing biofiltration in marine aquariums was to introduce some hardy, rugged fish to the system as an ammonia source and wait for the cycle to get established before adding more livestock. The usual go-to fishes for this purpose were damsels. While this cycling method does work, here at Saltwater Smarts, we favor so-called fishless techniques, such as cycling with cured live rock (my preferred approach—though there are others)... READ MORE: Why We Favor Fishless Cycling with Cured Live Rock
 

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