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Unread 12/14/2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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Adding a tank in series/parallel

I have a 90 gallon reef with a 30 gallon sump/fuge.
I added another 30 tonight. I tapped off my return pump to run a low flow through this new 30. Right now the new 30 is just all glass with no sand or rock. My intent is to use it as a larger refugeum and maybe down the line a seahorse tank/fuge.
Now my question is if add live sand and rock to this tank should I isolate it to cycle? or is that not necessary?

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Unread 12/14/2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bother with live sand - what's in your system now will spread over soon enough. Dry clean rock will be ok too, but if you want to seed it with a piece of good fresh live rock it can't hurt. I wouldn't expect a cycle at all if you go that route.

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Unread 12/14/2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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Like said above I would go all dry. Nothing to worry about and it will become live.

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Unread 12/14/2014, 11:06 PM   #4
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Don't be adding uncured stuff to it, obviously, but no cycling required. It's no different than adding a piece of dry rock to the mains display. It will quickly be colonized.


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Unread 12/15/2014, 07:54 AM   #5
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Thanks all! I had a feeling going that way was the way to go, but just wanted some experienced opinions.

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