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Old 10-10-2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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very odd test results

i tested my water with the strips today as i am cycling with live rock
i have an api test kit on the way
while i have never seen an amonia spike, my nitrate is 20
my nitrite is through the roof'
water hardness is 150
alkalinity is about 200
ph is about 8
i have 21 pound of live rock (getting 6 more pounds tonight, or should i wait?)
tank is 2o gal long, been cycling for a week with live rock, maybee a gallon of store used water, Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-10-2011, 12:34 PM   #2
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i was cycling with a dead shrimp but took it out after 3 days
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can i still add live rock tonight
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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yes, you can add the live rock as soon as you get it. Did you ever see an ammonia spike in your tank? I'm always leery of test strips.
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never saw an amonia spike, i ordered an api test kit, should be here tomorow, i want 2 get 2 more picies of life rock to build a cave for a reef lobster, what would you reccomend doing
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also, just to add info, i had a dead shrimp but took it out because i was told live rock would cycle my tank
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if i get more live rock tonight will it slow down the cycle?
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Old 10-10-2011, 02:26 PM   #8
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You can add as much live rock as you can while its still cycling. I would have left the shrimp in myself but whats done is done.

As far as the test strips I wouldn't trust them one bit. When you get your liquid test kit post the water results you get from that and we'll see where you are as far as your cycle.
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sounds great, thanks for the help, i am getting more rock so i can make a cave for the reef lobster i plan to get plus more live rock is always a good thing, the test kit will be here in 1-3 days, i would have bought it at my lfs but i got it cheaper online, carey what do u think of my stock list.
2 ocellaris (1 b&w 1 orange)
1yellow watchman goby
1longnose hawk fish
1 royal gramma
MAYBE 1 fish TBD (suggestions???)

Inverts
4 assorted hermits
3 assorted snails
4 assorted shrimp
1 reef lobster

Corals
1 frogspawn
1 waving hand
1 kenya tree
2 mushrooms
2-3 leathers
3-4 zoas
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I still think youre pushing it a bit. The "TBD" one is the one I;m worried about LOL

As far as corals go, the list looks okay. Kenya trees and waving xenia grow extremely fast and will take over your whole tank in a short time. I promised myself I wouldnt add anymore xenia or kenya trees in my tanks. lol I have a forest of xenia now in my 125g and its getting kinda silly....
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