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Old 09-06-2014, 07:41 PM   #21
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How did you clean the rocks? It's not true that uncured live rock produces way too much ammonia - ammonia is what you want to see in your cycle! You may have to add an ammonia source now to get the cycle moving. Raw shrimp or dose pure ammonia. Do you have your own test kits?


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Old 09-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #22
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7.8 ph and 8 ammonia but it stinks a lot less and the water is not brown anymore

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Old 09-07-2014, 12:32 PM   #23
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You should've left the rock alone, you might have actually killed whatever bacteria that started to grow.
+1 Now you need the raw shrimp to produce ammonia and have those beneficial bacteria back to your LR. That's right you are back to square one.
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Ideally you want your ammonia at 4ppm and basically just wait it out from there. Otherwise, like previously mentioned, there's the raw shrimp method.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:38 PM   #25
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The most important thing to do when cycling a new tank, especially fishless, is just leave it alone and let it do it's thing.

A tank is "cycled" after 4-6 weeks.
A tank is "settled" after about 5-6 months.
A tank is "established" after 12-18 months.

Patience is the biggest asset to have in this hobby.
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This is getting somewhat sad everyday I test and ammonia is a strong 8+ and no nitrites I did a 20 %water change and it didn't change at all

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Ammonia is expected with shrimp. What's was your nitrate before water change? You should not change water until cycle is complete which is indicated with high nitrate
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No nitrates nor nitrites

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And I'm using uncured Live rocks no shrimp,

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The ammonia is from the die off of what was in your rocks. If there is no nitrite nor nitrate that means your rocks have no beneficial bacteria yet. More ammonia will produce more bb faster. Seeding with some real LR combined with dead rocks is recommended. Otherwise, you can't reproduce something out of nothing.
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