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Old 07-06-2012, 01:25 AM   #1
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am I cycled??

I have been testing may tank for the past few days. Its been up and running for about a week. I never saw a spike in ammonia or nitrite. But I had a spike in nitrate.what's up with this??
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:26 AM   #2
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Did you use media from another tank?
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:17 AM   #3
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I used live rock that was dryed out, and sand from Florida beach. I put beneficial bacteria additive.but nothing from another tank
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:36 AM   #4
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If it was dried out then it was no longer live rock. I hate those bacteria starters, I hear more bad than good about them. So if you had no ammonia source, then no you aren't cycled.
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:31 AM   #5
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Dose your tank with pure ammonia to 4 ppm if converts it in 24 hrs your cycled I think your nitrAte spike came from the bacteria additive as it may have been dead
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:18 AM   #6
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I have had a piece of raw shrimp in it for probably 5-6 days! And I've had two mollies in it
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:05 AM   #7
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Ahh so you're doing a fish in cycle. You didn't say that. Why are you putting shrimp in if you have fish? I wouldn't do that, if you have fish then you need to be doing water changes to keep the ammonia and nitrites down below .25
Mollies? Is this tank salt or fresh?
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Old 07-06-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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I have two mollies. I still wouldn't consider it a fish in cycle. It is saltwater. Mollies can live in either fresh or salt. They are cheap thats why I put them in there. And I haven't had anything but nitrate spike
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If there are fish in there at all, it is a fish in cycle. What are your parameters?
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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I don't think two mollies will make much of a difference!
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