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Tmc AquaHabitats set up question


I'm just setting up a tmc 60 litre cube.I was wondering if I could get some help with a few questions?

I've used new sand and added my pre- mixed water,then brought it up to temperature and started the pump. I then added a frozen prawn as an ammonia source,I then added some rock that has been sitting around for about a year.

I was planning on cycling the tank for 3- 4 weeks.

So once a tank has been running for like 2-3 months will the sand and rock become live on its own? Or do I need to add some thing to the tank to help the process?

Any help would be much appreciated as I'm a novice with Marine.





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It will be become 'live' with bacteria but not live with critters (copepods/amphipods) until you add some live rock (or a coral with its base). Take things very slow at first. 3-4 weeks is rarely enough time to cycle a tank properly, especially if you have not added bacteria and are growing bacteria from scratch by use of ammonia. I know its very tempting to add coral/fish etc early but there chances of survival are much better the longer you leave the tank empty.

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Ok that's great thanks. Could I just add copepods/amphipods additionally as I've seen them advertised in packets before?

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Yes but not until the tank has cycled. You also have to consider what they feed on (fish poo, bacteria, algae etc etc).

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