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Old 05-15-2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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1st Time Ever testing tank water-need guidance

Hello. I have my Coralife Biocube 29g set up with the water, live sand, crushed coral and 20 lbs of dry live rock. I added the live rock two days ago and just tested the water today for first time (test kit just came in mail yesterday).

Here are my levels as of today: pH-7.4; Ammonia-0ppm; Nitrite-0ppm; Nitrate-0ppm

So...what does this mean? It hasn't started "cycling" yet? Is this when I add a piece of live shrimp to start the tank in to its cycle?

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Old 05-15-2014, 11:50 AM   #2
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You need a source for ammonia to get the cycle started.

A good place to start is:
Cycle your salt tank - Aquarium Advice

Many other good articles can be found here as well.
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Also your pH is low...needs to be 8.0- 8.2 range

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Ph is extremely low, too low for any coral, inverts, fish, and most other marine organisms to live.

What salt mix are you using?
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Also, what's the SG?
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