Cycling The Marine Aquarium

After you have done all the research, planned your system and parted with some or even lots of your hard earned cash then you will finally be at a point where you will starting to prepare to add some animals to your new aquarium.

The aquarium is in place and is full of water – all it needs now is some livestock to make the picture complete, however before you can add any animals to the aquarium it needs to be cycled.

Basically this is a term which means that the filtration media has been prepared and the required colonies of bacteria have been allowed to grow and become established, the same bacteria which will process the waste of the fish and other animals which you may wish to keep. [Read more]

  1. This article gives some good cycling basics!

    I would point out that live sand does no add nitrifying bacteria nearly as well as live rock due to the fact of oxygen depth penetration.
    Also the use of “live saltwater” is based in any real scientific evidence since nitrifying bacteria secrete glue like substance to adhere to substances such as live rock and are generally not found in real quantity in the water column.

    I would also caution readers to the pure ammonia method in marine aquariums as many have destroyed live rock and had disastrous results by adding ammonia after adding live rock, this of coarse should never be done.

    For further reading I suggest this article:

  2. Thanks for the input Carl. You’re correct in what you say.
    As in all things in this hobby, care is required. If unsure, check!
    If I was asked what filtration to install to minimize cycling, I would say live rock, then, if possible, back it up with a DSB in a sump.

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