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Old 10-25-2011, 11:45 AM   #11
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A raw shrimp? Please can u explain in more detail.

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Old 10-25-2011, 12:56 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by khalid2711
A raw shrimp? Please can u explain in more detail.
Just get a piece of raw shrimp from your grocery store and place it in the tank. As it decays, it will create ammonia which then creates the beneficial bacteria. It took me about a week to cycle my biocube 14.

You could also dose the tank with PURE ammonia as well to help cycle faster; but I prefer the raw shrimp

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The liverock has the bacteria to do the cycle which is why only that takes a liittle longer. You can use the shrimp but place it inside a mesh bag, like one you would use for carbon, so it doesn't get lost in the tank.

Even with that method you want to make sure yur parameters are correct for at least a week prior to adding any inhabitants.

The cycle will look like:

Ammonia, Nitrites and Nitrates will all read 0 at first. As the cycle starts, you will see a rise in ammonia while Nitrites ad Nitrates may not register. The second portion of the cycle, the ammonia will drop slightly and you will begin to register Nitrites. The third part of the cycle, ammonia will drop to 0, NItrites may or may not register and your nitrates will spike...this is going to signal the end or near end of the cycle. You will need to do at least a 50% water change at this point and then watch it for another week. Your ultmate parameters should go back to all zeroes although NItrates dn't always go completely away. You want to maintain Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, and Nitrates below 20 ppm if you are fish only..if you start to add corals Nitrates should be as near 0 as possible.

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