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Step 5 - Let The Tank Cycle


Depending on what type of live rock you chose to use, cured or uncured, or are using no live rock at all, which requires an alternative choice for starting the cycling process, it can take anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks for this cycle to reach completion.

Follow the normal procedures for cycling an aquarium, testing for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

Near the end of the cycling process, particularly when using uncured or partially cured live rock, nitrates may begin to rise. If this happens, do a 25 to 50% water change using properly mixed and aged saltwater, and repeat the process if necessary until the nitrates read less than 10 ppm. This will help to keep algae growth problems to a minimum. Other than for this reason, NO water changes should be performed during the cycling process, until it has reached completion.

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