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Old 04-19-2017, 04:14 PM   #11
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No, not done cycling. Your cycle is done when your tank processes the ammonia source so that you aren't able to detect any ammonia or nitrites after a 24 hour period.
How are you providing the ammonia source? What I'm looking at is telling me that some ammonia was presented into the system several weeks ago and nothing has been added since. I'm a big fan of putting a cocktail shrimp into panty hose. It provides a constant ammonia source as it decays and is then easily cleaned up since it is tied in the panty hose. Since the ammonia source is then constant in the system, when you don't detect any ammonia or nitrite you're cycle is done so then all you need to do is dispose of the shrimp and do water changes until the nitrates are no longer detectable.
what he says. I used stability to start/boost the cycle. then i added SMALL bioload creators like snails and shrimp. THEN a yellow clown goby. I watched the levels then slowly added more stock and checked in between. I also maintained water changes once stock was added.
Im in the diatom phase now and let me tell you its just awful. My tank did its cycle fairly quick. Was my first time using stability and I think it worked/helped. I would reccomend it. Dont know what it really is but would reccomend it. I also used a mix of live sand, live rock, seeded rock and carib sea life rock I bought from a member on here. When I did my freshwater tanks I used some cheap sturdy fish and heavy water changes to cycle the tanks. Most people dont like doing that, which I get but man mollies are tanks!
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Wwweeeelllllllll now I'm really confused!!!! I thought the live rock and live sand would make the tank cycle. Ammonia was up then nitrites and nitrates. So do I need to start the cycle over with shrimp or the bioload creators?
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Wwweeeelllllllll now I'm really confused!!!! I thought the live rock and live sand would make the tank cycle. Ammonia was up then nitrites and nitrates. So do I need to start the cycle over with shrimp or the creators?????
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Cycling a new tank

This is my diatoms this afternoon.
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Wwweeeelllllllll now I'm really confused!!!! I thought the live rock and live sand would make the tank cycle. Ammonia was up then nitrites and nitrates. So do I need to start the cycle over with shrimp or the creators?????
it does but the thing that makes an actual cycle is the bacteria that eats/converts each step. So you just need to make sure your bacteria load is large enough to handle your bio load. you could have very well cycled if what you were using was ALL live rock and live sand but you also would not have had an ammonia source large enough to sustain a full colony long without additives.
Try the shrimp idea or adding cheaper fish (no damsles) and monitor levels. You should always add stock slowly anyway to let the bacteria grow sufficiently.

in that last pic your trites are high though. You may not be done or you may be constantly mini cycling with no bio source.
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looks perfect to me. Id say it appears you went through a basic cycle. start adding small things slowly and watch.
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