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Old 01-02-2005, 12:20 PM   #1
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16 days into cycle ?????

I'm 16 days into my cycle and i have a few questions?

My water tests show:
NO3(trates) 40 ppm
NO2(trites)+10.0 ppm(higher than what my test kit shows)
Total Hardness 425
Alkalinity +300(higher than what my kit shows)
ph 8.4
Amonia .2

Everything in my tank is turning brown and the water smells really bad. My ammonia was spiked like a week ago and has came down on its own.Now the trites are through the roof. I purchased a canister filter to try and clear the water up but it's still real cloudy. Im running a course filter, then carbon, then sub-micron filterin the canister. It has been running for about 15 hrs and does'nt look any better. Any suggestions there. Also is all the stuff gonna die on my LR? Does this sound like a typical cycle?

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You have anoher 2 weeks or more to finish your cycle. It sounds like a normal cycling process.
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Yea I would say about a week and a half to two weeks more just let it run its cycle!
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Is it ok to scrub the LR to get the brown stuff off of it?
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I would say just leave it in ur tank it will eventually go away taking it out of the water and scubing it cannot be good for it...
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You could take it out and scrub it but don't have to. It will clear up on it's own as the tank matures.
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Removing any LR from the tank might encourage additional die off if you have any sponges or similar creatures in there. Use a CLEAN turkey baster and blow the waste off the rock, that will help make the tank look more tidy.
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I just took one of the PH and went around and blew the LR with it. Worked pretty good. Just trying to get all the decay of the rock and into the water column so it can be filtered . Looks a little better. My wife thinks something is wrong because of all the brown algae growing on everything. Gonna do a 25% water change Sat. Hopefully that will bring the NO2 & NO3 to more tolerable levels for the latter part of the cycle. What do you all think??????

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I am told that the 'best' thing that you must do while cycling is to 'leave everything alone for a while'. Then see how things are in 45 days or more.
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While improving the water parameter a little, doing a water change while cycling will lengthen the time of cycling. Just let it finsh. The best advice I got in the this hobby is 'nothing good ever happens quickly in a salt water aquarium'.
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