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Old 12-10-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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No cycling occuring in my new reef tank...

Hi, I just setup a new reef tank. 20g with 20 pounds live rock + 20 pounds fluval live sand.

I'm on the 6th day, and I get no ammonia spike and no nitrite spike... The live rock were in a big dirty live rock aquarium at the LFS, I paid 7$/pounds. The guy said the dirty tank is to keep LR alive and "cycled". I cleaned them by splashing into a saltwater bucket.

On the first day, after I put RODI water and the salt, I've made a mixture of high quality freshwater fish food, water and "Nutrafin Waste Control" to create ammonia. Waste control is fw and sw heterotrophics bacterias that breakdown uneaten food into ammonia.

My ammonia test is working, I get 4 ppm on my GF 1g betta tank

Is it me that's in a hurry, or the cycle should start soon ? Is it possible that's already cycled because of Live Rocks ??

Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 0
Nitrates: Just a taste of...
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If your rock and sand are truly live then you might not see a cycle. The beneficial bacteria is taking care of the ammonia source.
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If your rock and sand are truly live then you might not see a cycle. The beneficial bacteria is taking care of the ammonia source.
Do you think I can start by adding 2 clownfish ?
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In a saltwater aquarium, does the water become cloudy (bacterial blooms) like in freshwater when it's cycling ?

Now my water is crystal clear...
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I wouldn't add fish just yet, like any bacteria it needs a constant source to feed off of. I would add a large piece of shrimp and let it sit in there. This will cause ammonia to spike and go through its stages. Once you see all three stages of the cycle, look for blooms. There should be an algae bloom whether it be diatoms, or some sort of physical algae. When are producing a low amount of nitrate after all of that, you shod be ok to slowly add stock. Good luck
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See if you can find pure ammonia somewhere. (have heard TrueValue Hardware has it) and dose your tank to 3-4ppm . If it goes down to zero in about 24 hours you are good. If it takes a little longer, you have some beneficial bacteria and are probably safe adding a fish...or you can wait a little longer and get it so that it drops to zero within 24 hours.
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Yo tang, I just bought a fresh uncooked shrimp size of two fingers. I cleaned it then dropped it in the water.

For how long keep this in the tank (the shrimp smell very very bad) ?
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Yo tang, I just bought a fresh uncooked shrimp size of two fingers. I cleaned it then dropped it in the water. For how long keep this in the tank (the shrimp smell very very bad) ?
When I cycle it's usually in there or 4-5 days and yeah, it can start to smell a little. Do you have a net or something you can put it in? It will start to decompose and break up so it's much easier to contain that way.
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I'll let it for 2 days max, if there's always 0 ammonia, then i'll add fish... If there's ammonia, i'll remove it anyway and see how much time it take for it to drop.

I've put a huge piece of shrimp !
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Like I said though if the rock and sand were cycled or cured then you might not see the spike.
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