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Old 06-25-2008, 03:19 PM   #1
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29 gallon progress update

11 days since filling her.

Salinity: 1.024
Temp (F): 79
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 20
Plus, a healthy population of diatoms

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Old 06-26-2008, 01:40 PM   #2
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Is that all base rock?
What did you do to start your cycle?
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I agree.
That is some cool scaping!
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Is that all base rock?
What did you do to start your cycle?
Some is base rock, if you look at the pic here you can see exactly how much. I really didn't do anything to start the cycle other than chucking the live rock in there.

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You`ll need to add something maybe a pinch of flake to jump start the cycle. Read about the cycle on our SW articles.
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How about a few drops of ammonia?
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Why not a small pinch of flakes or a small piece of shrimp?
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Use the tried and tru coctail shrimp method. Just put it in a mesh bag for ease of removal later. You could add some pure ammonia, but there's something about using biological material (shrimp/flake food, etc.) that just seems more nautral.
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I should do this even though my nitrites have already peaked (beyond 5 according to the color scale on the API test kit) and fallen?
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IMO you had a mini-cycle because of you added some LR. Did you see a rise in ammonia first, and if so to what level?

You have about a 50/50 mix of LR and base rock. Your tank might be cycled, but there's a better chance that you don't have a very large population of bacteria yet. Try adding a pinch of flake and see if you get an ammonia reading in a day. If there's no spike to ammonia, nitrite or nitrate you can do your PWC and start slowly adding livestock (1 fish per month).

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