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Old 03-27-2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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Is this normal After 2 days

So I got 10lbs of live rock cured with live sand cured put it all together in a ten gallon tank . I tested the water parameters today and here`s what they are???

PH 8.2
amonia 0.0
nitrite 0.0
nitrate 0.0

I tested these 3 times now to be sure and these are the readings... Did my 10gal cycle already or what???
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Old 03-27-2005, 12:40 PM   #2
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No it did not cycle because there was nothing to make it cycle... No die off from the LR no shrimp added to rot... And 2 days is not enough time for a cycle to begin.
It is possible you my not even get a cycle with cured LR. Give it some time an see if you get any die off from the LR. Did you get the LR local?
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The live rock came from a local store. There was no pugnent odor to it and it has purple alge on it. Some of the peices have very small polyps that have have what look like tentacles. Anyway I`m thinking that my tank never cycled because of the live rock and sand being cured?? Is this possible? The store is 5 minutes down the road from me
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Old 03-27-2005, 03:33 PM   #4
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Go to the grocery store and buy some raw shrimp, 1 or 2, and through them in. As this starts to rot the tank water will begin to cycle. Just because the rock is cured doesn't mean the tank has cycled. You need to get the decomposition going by giving the tank something to break down.

By the way, were are you at in MD?
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Old 03-28-2005, 11:36 AM   #5
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Whitemarsh area. I tested the water again this mroning and the same results. If the LR is cured and the water eadings are correct do I still have to do a cycle?
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yes you do. all of the parameters being down doesn't mean that a cycle took place. actually one of the main ways to tell if it is complete is if your tests show 0ppm. for ammonia and 0 for nitrite as well, however that there is a reading for nitrate since it is at the end of the cycle.
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Old 03-28-2005, 02:17 PM   #7
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If I start a cycle with the shrimp will it go faster then normal, cured live rock and sand? Don`t worry I`m not eager to add fish infact I want to make sure they are being introduced into a quality enviroment.
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I believe that it will, not that it will be just a couple of days, but 10 gal. tanks can cycle faster than a much larger one). Plus it will culture the bacteria enough to handle a good sized bio load more than if you used just one sall fish to cycle it, and you are not hurting any fish. JMO
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I agree with adding raw shrimp to get the cycle going. In that small a tank I would only add a half of one. You should see your tank cycle pretty quick with the lr in there. Just be patient!! The fun is coming!!

Also exactly what wooster said....You will see Nitrates at the end of the cycle, and probably some brown diatoms form on the sand and glass.
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IMO if you have cured LR there is no need to cause a cycle because there is already benificial bacteria on the LR. This is the reason for a cycle to make/grow this bacteria.
I set up my 55 with 50lbs LR and never had a cycle, had a fish in the tank after a week went by. Did not want to wait to long so the bacteria would not die. They could add the shrimp and see waht happen but if the rick is good cured there should be no signs of ammonia...
Can not hurt to add a small shrimp and wait a week or 2 and see what happens. Just remember you might not see any cycle..
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