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Old 09-24-2012, 03:47 PM   #11
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it is still too early to add fish, 6-8 weeks for a cycle, then your clean up crew and then a month month later a fish, maybe another later a second fish. With a 30 you are going to be limited to 3-5 small fish. After your tank is cycled (dont think it is) everything you add puts a strain on your biological system. You must add SLOWLY to allow it to build back up and recover. what are your test results?
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Trite and trate read zero
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:56 PM   #13
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I doubt that your tank is cycled in 3 weeks. If you used only dead rock, it might not have even started to cycle yet. How and what are you testing for and the results. Dont make the big mistake of being in a hurry. Normal cycling takes 6-8 weeks, thats with live rock or a piece of shrimp to start the process.
I once finished a cycle in 20 days. I have no ide why it was so quick but it did finish. Sometimes it's just quicker I guess.
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Trite and trate read zero
What about ammonia? Usually nitrates should be a bit higher unless you have a refugium or something like that to absorb trates.
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Im thinkin without nitrates being present there was no cycle unless your running a fuge if no fugi then i doubt it cycled there nitrates are the end result of cycle
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Im thinkin without nitrates being present there was no cycle unless your running a fuge if no fugi then i doubt it cycled there nitrates are the end result of cycle
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I have a canister filter and hob finnex refugium full of chaetomorpha sand an rock. The brown algae comes within a cycle, which is fore telling the end or near the end of a cycle. I've been through that stage, not to mention I put in sand from my other tank.
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Brown algae isn't a reliable way to tell if a cycle has taken place. Algae grows wherever there's light and water. Test for ammonia as well and see what it says. Do you have a Refugium?
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Finnex hob refugium
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Are you getting corals? Seems exciting!
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