View Full Version : Does this help cycle a tank?

09/28/2008, 04:18 PM
I have a tank and to make a long story short - I don't have any live rock or live sand but I do have raw shrimp in the tank.

Would this stuff help?


It is suppose to add all the bateria to help it cycle or will the bacteria just naturally show up after time?

09/28/2008, 04:33 PM
you need some place for the bacteria to sit
so add some live sand and rock
that wis what will make it move faster i think...at least in my case it did

09/28/2008, 04:36 PM
No chemicals will really help with a cycle.

Like HappySkittles said, gotta have some LR and sand ;)

09/28/2008, 04:39 PM
I'll order some LR next week so it will pick up.

I do have some marine sand hanging out at the bottom of the tank.

Thanks for the help

09/28/2008, 04:40 PM
With no rock or sand you are wasting your time..

09/28/2008, 04:41 PM
Are you getting live rock or dead rock/base rock?

09/28/2008, 04:45 PM
<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=13443456#post13443456 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by rkelman
With no rock or sand you are wasting your time..

^^ This is what I was worried about.

Next week I was going to order about 40 lbs Fiji LR. Think I need more for a 75 gal and a 15gal sump?

09/28/2008, 04:51 PM
Yup you will want 1 - 1.5 lbs per gallon. You can get away with less thugh and use sand. Really depends on what you want out of the tank.

I have about 80lbs. of rock and 60 lbs of sand in my display.

09/28/2008, 05:01 PM
Ok. I was planning on putting a good deal of sand & aragonite into the tank.

So I should be at the 1-1.5 including sand & rock. I can do that. I was hoping to keep the tank itself pretty simple but I really don't know what 40 lbs of LR looks like so I might get more.

09/28/2008, 05:39 PM
No that's rock only. 40lbs of live rock isn't much. If cost is a big factor you can get some base rock and in time it will become "live"

09/28/2008, 05:48 PM
look for a local club forum on here and post that you are looking for live rock. You should be able to save a lot of money over buying it at a LFS or ordering it. Shipping on rock is usually a killer

09/28/2008, 06:42 PM
well i started off with 26lbs of lr and about 3 inch of sand along with that cycle solution... And it cycled the tank beautifully.

09/28/2008, 09:51 PM
I have used the product you posted, Cycle, in the past. I am using it now as well in my 30 gallon tank with 45 pounds of live rock. You do not necessarily need it, but it may potentially speed up your tank's cycle by adding beneficial bacteria in the tank.

Like others have posted, it helps greatly to give the bacteria a place to live, like live rock and sand.