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Bring on the cycle

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Yesterday I bought about 10lbs of live (seed) rock and filled the tank. I have about 30lbs of sand and 25lbs of base rock in addition to the live rock. Now that the water has been added I am waiting for the ammonia to rise so I know the cycle has begun.

Below are some pictures form the morning after filling (the day of was nothing but cloudy water). Since the pictures were taken the rock on the left side was moved slightly inward to allow for better access to the glass for cleaning.

Also I placed an ammonia alert tag in the tank so I can see when the ammonia begins to rise (after the cycle I plan to use the alert tag in my QT tank).

Updates and additional photos to follow.

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  1. rayme07's Avatar
    Its looking great you are off to an awesome start.
  2. techguy's Avatar
    Thank you Ray! I was happy with the rock I got which helps a lot.
  3. rayme07's Avatar
    Yea those are some awesome looking pieces of rock.