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Old 12-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #71
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True! Can a SW tank cycle without any seeding?
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Sure can . You already have ammonia so it has begun . Both the 180 and 40 were started with all dry rock and sand .
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Sure can . You already have ammonia ready so it has begun . Both the 180 and 40 were started with all dry rock and sand .
Oh really? I did not know that! How long did that take?

It definitey does look like there is ammonia is the tank though, right? I was planning on waiting to add more until this was gone.
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It took about a month for them to cycle which is pretty standard . From your pics I would say you have at least 1ppm of ammonia present .
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I'd say you have some trace ammonia from looking at the vials. And yep, you can start with nothing but dead sand and rock and still cycle. The key is to have an ammonia source. Not sure where youre ammonia came from, the bacteria? Or did you add any pure ammonia or a dead shrimp?
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:48 PM   #76
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It took about a month for them to cycle which is pretty standard . From your pics I would say you have at least 1ppm of ammonia present .
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I'd say you have some trace ammonia from looking at the vials. And yep, you can start with nothing but dead sand and rock and still cycle. The key is to have an ammonia source. Not sure where youre ammonia came from, the bacteria? Or did you add any pure ammonia or a dead shrimp?
Thanks Mike and Carey! I had added some pure ammonia, but stopped about a week ago.

Do you guys think I should wait for this to cycle through? Or should I add up to about 4ppm?

Thanks for posting everyone! While I am itching to have some living creatures, I know that patience is key. In the meantime I am enjoying watching my new Christmas Cactus bloom, lol! It may not be as exciting as a fish, but still looks nice. (A bit off topic there, sorry!)
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I personally think 4ppm is too much . I usually do 2ppm and let that cycle thru . Then another 2ppm and call it cycled .
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Yep, 2ppm should suffice. I have done 4ppm in the past but that was for tanks that I knew i was going to stock heavily.

AS for the plant, very festive!!! Its hard to get in the christmas mood down here when it was 86 degrees today. lol
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AS for the plant, very festive!!! Its hard to get in the christmas mood down here when it was 86 degrees today. lol
Nothing like swimming in the ocean in Dec. lol
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Great, so since it looks like I have about one ppm now, should I add a bit more to get to two.....or just wait for this bit to cycle through? (Sorry for the run on sentence)

Up here it is below freezing! I feel like if I was in warm weather during December I may miss the snow, but it could also be nice and relaxing. I love visiting FL, I think it is such a nice state!
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