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Old 03-19-2010, 10:31 PM   #21
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Plan to do any more rock? Cheap base rock will do. It'll get populated now with the rest of it and be live rock by the end of your cycle.
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Old 03-20-2010, 05:52 PM   #22
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I did a 50% PWC a few days ago and the ammonia is still at (at least) 8.0 ppm!

Do you think that this is so high that it might actually slow the cycle down?

I can either just leave it and let nature take its course, or I could do a huge water change and try to get it down to a reasonable level.
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:05 PM   #23
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they say use 1lb minimum of live per gallon of tank size, 8.0 PPM is so high, wow. I just finished my cycle :p it takes alot of time, are you using a bacteria booster?
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:19 PM   #24
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When cycling my 55G tank, my ammonia was off the charts, past 9ppm. After i did two 45% water changes within two days, the ammonia was down to only 8ppm. So.. i decided to let it do its job and run its course. 5 Days later i had no ammonia, and my nitrites were already dropping considerably.

Do at least one more water change(preferably 45-50%) and then i would consider just letting it do its job and finish the cycle without changing the water. You would be surprised at how little time the cycle usually takes. People always say a cycle could take anywhere from 1 week to 2 months, but so far, i've never seen anyone have a cycle for more than two weeks. So just let it sit and see what you come up with.
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:42 PM   #25
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yea zer0 is right i only have a 20g but my ammonia never went past 1ppm but i never let it get to high due to the fact i had a fish. but after a few weeks and the addittion of 20 lbs of live rock. My tank levels have been very stable.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:07 AM   #26
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Did a ~60% water change and now the ammonia is maybe 6 ish? Definitely less than 8 finally

Now it's just a waiting game, might pick up some more LR if I can find some locally.
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:40 AM   #27
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Is this the dreaded Aiptasia? Sorry, I know the picture sucks, but it looks like a funnel of little white fingers.

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looks like a feather duster (wich is good) but not sure blurry pic.
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Old 03-21-2010, 03:58 AM   #29
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It's sounds like a duster and looks like one from what I can see.
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So the shrimp is doing a great job of producing ammonia, but it's starting to REALLY stink. I don't think I can put up with this for another 2 or 3 weeks.

Now I've heard of people just using pure ammonia to cycle freshwater tanks, but for some reason none of the saltwater articles mention it. Could I do that instead?
How many shrimp did you add? I'm hoping one small shrimp! Try moving it to a high flow area.
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