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Old 12-11-2013, 11:39 AM   #81
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Won't really make much of a difference . It is up to you really.
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Old 12-11-2013, 07:24 PM   #82
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Great, thank you. I think I will let the tank cycle through this small amount and add more. That way I will have a better idea of how things are progressing. I really hope this tank will be all set with it's cycle by January. That may be a bit of a lofty goal, but we shall see. It has had ammonia for maybe a week and a half.

Thanks a lot everyone for posting in my thread! I really appreciate everyone taking the time to read!
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I tested again today and found that my water looks like it still hasn't changed at all.
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Old 12-15-2013, 01:44 AM   #84
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Hang in there Red, it will happen. I'm sure you know the drill by now, patience is key.

In a month we'll be discussing your newest fish most likely. LOL
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:54 AM   #85
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Hang in there Red, it will happen. I'm sure you know the drill by now, patience is key. In a month we'll be discussing your newest fish most likely. LOL
Thanks! Definitely, patience is very important.

The funny thing is, I never really had to wait out a true cycle before! With my first saltwater tank (December 2007, I believe), the 34g, I had bought LR and sand for it. In fact, there may have been spikes, but back then I just listened to what the pet shop told me. It did seem to work out just fine though.

For the 55g, I bought that with the fish and love rock already in it! And for the 125g, I bought LR from LiveAquaria, and put LR from the 55g in there. I did use pure ammonia and I beleive the cycle happened very quickly! I suppose it is time I need to experience the "true" cycle, lol.

It is somewhat normal though for it to take about two weeks to kick in, right?
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That seems like an unusually long time to get any real ammonia, but that might be screwed up because of the bacteria in the bottle thing you added.
I've had great luck cycling with pure ammonia though, that way you get immediate gratification as far as ammonia levels.
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That seems like an unusually long time to get any real ammonia, but that might be screwed up because of the bacteria in the bottle thing you added. I've had great luck cycling with pure ammonia though, that way you get immediate gratification as far as ammonia levels. lol
Maybe!

I suppose it is also possible that some of my levels are messed up. Unfortunately, I have my refractometer, but no longer have the calibration fluid or the little dropper. Therefore, I have just been resorting to the trusty old hydrometer, which I thought would be okay since I am just trying to get a somewhat general reading at this point.

The other thing I could think of when setting up the tank was the way I added salt. When setting up the tank about three weeks ago, I filled it up with mostly freshwater, sand, and rock; and then made a highly salty solution to try and raise the salinity in an attempt to raise the salinity. It seemed to have been working just fine, but maybe for some reason it didn't fully dissolve......(but you would think that by now it would have dissolved if that really did happen).

Sorry for my ramble!
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No rambling, youre good. lol

The salt mixing method is just fine, I always add my salt to a new tank after the water is in and sometimes adjust it.
You have an ro/di right? You can calibrate it pretty well using that water, the refractometer that is.
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No rambling, youre good. lol The salt mixing method is just fine, I always add my salt to a new tank after the water is in and sometimes adjust it. You have an ro/di right? You can calibrate it pretty well using that water, the refractometer that is.
Yes, indeed, the pure water club one.

That sounds good (using it to calibrate). It has been so long since I have done refractometer stuff. About a year and a half. What are the steps to calibrating again? Don't you just place some RODI water on first? Thanks!
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Yes just place ro di on the lens then adjust the reading to 1.000.
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