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Old 03-03-2012, 09:37 PM   #31
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For your cycle just toss in a shrimp or pure ammonia. It'll go from there. Bacteria will grow to eat the ammonia and produce nitrite. Bacteria will grow to eat the nitrite and produce nitrate. You remove nitrates via your water changes. If you have a fuge, the algae in there will consume them. If you have algae in your tank, it can throw your nitrate readings off as it will be consuming them, but when you clean the algae out of the tank the nitrates will rise.
do i throw the shrimp in the tank or do i put it in a little bag with wholes and how many just 1, and is this a 1 time process or am i ganna have to do it more than once
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do i throw the shrimp in the tank or do i put it in a little bag with wholes and how many just 1, and is this a 1 time process or am i ganna have to do it more than once
You can put it in a bag or a net to make less mess, just 1 will be fine, keep checking the water until the ammonia spikes then remove it.
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finally did my first water change n it was succesful i had to do it because my salt was off the charts its supposed to b between 1.020 & 1.025 correct?
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finally did my first water change n it was succesful i had to do it because my salt was off the charts its supposed to b between 1.020 & 1.025 correct?
I always keep my tanks between 1.022 & 1.026, if your using a hydrometer and not a refractometer I suggest 1.023 - 1.024 as they are not very accurate.

Have you added an ammonia source yet? Got a test kit?
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I always keep my tanks between 1.022 & 1.026, if your using a hydrometer and not a refractometer I suggest 1.023 - 1.024 as they are not very accurate.

Have you added an ammonia source yet? Got a test kit?
yea im using a hydrometer and i measured around 1.023,i havent gotten my test kit but i took my water to my local shop and they test it for free and my ammonia was super high so they gave me bio-spira and told me the bacteria should start lowering everything and about 3 days my tank should be done
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finally did my first water change n it was succesful i had to do it because my salt was off the charts its supposed to b between 1.020 & 1.025 correct?
Aim for 1.026. It's the salinity of natural sea water.
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