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Old 09-12-2013, 07:05 PM   #21
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Maybe it's just me, but I havent had any real luck with biospira. I cycle my tanks the old fashioned way, with pure ammonia and waiting the few weeks if needed. There are no true shortcuts in saltwater.

I know youre dying to get some fish in there but just be patient. It will happen soon enough.

I would run the tank as normal and then either cycle it or do what you wanted to do. I would strongly suggest getting a test kit if you dont have one no matter what you decide on doing.
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Maybe it's just me, but I havent had any real luck with biospira. I cycle my tanks the old fashioned way, with pure ammonia and waiting the few weeks if needed. There are no true shortcuts in saltwater.

I know youre dying to get some fish in there but just be patient. It will happen soon enough.

I would run the tank as normal and then either cycle it or do what you wanted to do. I would strongly suggest getting a test kit if you dont have one no matter what you decide on doing.
Thumbs up to that!!!
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Tanks been filled up for a little over a week. Chromis doing fine water clear. Nitrites and nitrates look a little high. Do I do a partial water change or is this normal in new tanks?
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Tanks been filled up for a little over a week. Chromis doing fine water clear. Nitrites and nitrates look a little high. Do I do a partial water change or is this normal in new tanks?
Wouldn't be a bad idea to do a 10% water change weekly till your parameters are constant.

I do 20% biweekly water changes, my parameters never change.
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What are you parameters? And like reefer said, yes, do at least 20% depending on how your tests turn out?
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Higher nitrite and nitrate. I read this signals the halfway point of the cycle. I'll do a small water change. This won't prolong the cycle will it?
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Higher nitrite and nitrate. I read this signals the halfway point of the cycle. I'll do a small water change. This won't prolong the cycle will it?
What are they at??? Nitrite is deadly, use prime to detoxify the nitrites
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Water changes WILL prolong the cycle. But that's the nature of the beast when you do a fish in cycle. Let the levels climb so as to promote a larger bacterial colony and kill the fish. Keep the levels lower thru water changes and prolong the cycle.
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I don't understand why people don't get a good amount of cultured live rock and add it to their tank. It instantly cycles it.
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