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Old 10-05-2011, 10:06 PM   #61
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here is another option if your hesitant about taking the shrimp out. throw some carbon somewhere. the smell could be your lr curing too. and again the carbon will help with that.
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:09 PM   #62
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i plan to remove the shrimp tonight but just a few questions
1. Will live rock be enough to cycle a tank?
2. I have the strip test kit, is it good enough.
3. how long should it take to cycle
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i plan to remove the shrimp tonight but just a few questions
1. Will live rock be enough to cycle a tank?
2. I have the strip test kit, is it good enough.
3. how long should it take to cycle
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Yes, no, get an API kit for now, and 3-4 weeks (be patient or you will lose every fish you put in).
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my opinion not my experience is that the smell is your rock curing. when that goes away you should be cycled.

test strips are not reliable or accurate enough.

should take a month give or take.
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what is an API kit, how much are they, where do i get 1
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its the brand. they run about 32-35 here. and at your lfs.
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Yes, you can. The die off from your LR will feed the cycle. Your pH may go down, your ammonia will spike, followed by your nitrites, then finally those will all be zero and your nitrates will be through the roof. That's a good thing. Do a 50% water change after that, 20% for about two weeks, retest, and if all parameters are good, start with 1 fish. Hope this eases your mind. I know you wanna know, but for the most part, your not going to get a bunch of ppl repeating the same advice. If someone gives good advice and we don't have another opinion, we move on to another thread. I'm glad to see you so eager to learn, but some stuff you gotta look up yourself and sometimes fail to learn. Trust me, if your patient, I have every bit of confidence you will do fine.
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The shrimp is out
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The shrimp is out
Now is the waiting game. Pick up the API kit as soon as you can. Post your results so we cam help you along the way.
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im the same way kio. i like to hear it several times before it sinks in. remember both of my builds? i think im still asking the same questions months latter just waiting to get it all down.

zack this is why i enjoy this forum so much. this one out of all ive been on is patient with me through all my doubt and my lack of understanding at times.
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