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Old 03-18-2010, 03:45 AM   #11
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Old 03-18-2010, 04:58 AM   #12
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the reason its not mentioned as offen i believe is because you have to dose every day where as the shrimp sitting in your tank is a leave it and forget it type deal.
Minus the smell apparently, although no one else has ever complained of smell that I know of.
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:09 AM   #13
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lol you get the smell every time you open the bottle. when i started my freshwater tank i did that over the shrimp. it was a tad frustrating cause i was at first over dosing. so i was getting a super high reading and it wasnt ever going down. im sure at some point it would have cycled but the high ammonia took a long time. i finally did 2 large 75% pwc and dosed smaller and it cycled quick.
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Well I tested the water today and the Ammonia was 8.0! I tossed the shrimp but is this too much, should I do a PWC?
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Do you have live rock in there?If not you should add some it speed s up the cycling but you still have to wait the normal cycling time.
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Do you have live rock in there?If not you should add some it speed s up the cycling but you still have to wait the normal cycling time.
Yes there is some live rock.
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personal id leave it alone at 8 ppm. if it goes up higher then do a 50% change and bring it down to 4-5ppm. it it stays at 8 just let it sit and it will drop on its own really soon
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Gonna add any more lr? If so, now's the time to do it. I'd have removed the shrimp at 4ppm or so.
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Unfortunately I never saw 4 ppm as it went from 2 to 8 in 24 hours. I did a 1 gallon pwc and the ammonia was still 8 (the top end of the chart) so I changed two more gallons but didn't have time to test agan before I left.

Doing the water changes was good anyway because it gave me a chance to get my salt amounts dialed in for future changes.
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Unfortunately I never saw 4 ppm as it went from 2 to 8 in 24 hours. I did a 1 gallon pwc and the ammonia was still 8 (the top end of the chart) so I changed two more gallons but didn't have time to test agan before I left.

Doing the water changes was good anyway because it gave me a chance to get my salt amounts dialed in for future changes.
a 1 gallon water change on a 10 gallon tank is roughly 10%. so your only taking out 10% of the ammonia. so at 8ppm you take out .8ppm which can read 7 or 8ppm.to get it to drop from 8 to 4 you have to do a 50% water change.
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