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Old 10-16-2011, 05:16 PM   #1
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Am i cycling wrong?

ok so i think im about halfway through my cycle and my kit just arrived
parameters are
ph 8.3
amonia o
nitrite 5
nitrate 10ish

i had a shrimp in there for 4 days but then took it out because i was told it wasnt needed

i have 30 pounds of cured live rock

i dont know if i ever had an ammonia spike and am i in the midst of a cycle or a minnie cycle

so what should i do, thanks as always!
Btw tang is 20 gal long and has been cycling 4 2 weeks
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:47 PM   #2
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please help i am so clueless
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:51 PM   #3
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Did the shrimp smell horrible once you took it out? If so, you most likely passed the ammonia peak and are finishing up tue nitrate and starting the nitrate. Start doing small water changes weekly when there isn't any nitrite readings left.
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the shrimp smelled so horrrible that u couldnt go in the room, so are u saying once trites are gone and i do a few pwc's i am good to go?
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Yep as long as trates are below 20 or so.. I would be safe and say 10 though. And I don't mean do the pwc's all at once or something, maybe 10% once a week or every 4 days
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so u think im in a cyclye not a minnie cycle
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:33 PM   #7
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Yep two weeks sounds okay, you had cured live rock so I think it's the cycle
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what do others think?
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without killing anything, how would i check if i hd a cycle or a minnie cycle
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should i assume it was a cyclye cuz the shrimp smelled and the rock was cured
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