View Full Version : Cycling the Barebottom tank

03/27/2012, 11:19 AM
Howdy folks, i am setting up my tank and need some advice.

Barebottom, 50Gal Display, 60 Gal Sump. Going with about 40 pounds of LR in the display and 40 in the sump.

The rock i am getting is Marco Rock, dry.

I was thinking of getting a few pieces of premium to "seed".

I havent cycled a tank from fresh ever.

What should my process be?

03/27/2012, 12:10 PM
i dont think cycling a bare bottom tank is any different with the substrated tank i.e. waiting and testing game...

03/27/2012, 10:13 PM
A few pieces of live rock to add some small animals can be useful, and might provide a faster start for the bacteria. I'd just set up the system and watch the ammonia for a while. Even dry rock often seems to have a lot of organic debris on it.