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Old 01-09-2014, 06:23 PM   #1
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Hi my tank had been cycling for 3 week and a half is it done cycling? Today it is
Ammonia 0
Nitrates 5.0
Ph 8.2
Nitrite 0
Salinity 1.026
Is it safe to add live stock, coral, and light? Thanks!!! I will respond back fast!
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:54 PM   #2
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Finish cycling salt water 80gal help!

Have an 80 gallon tank. When the tank is finish cycling how many fish and clean up crew can you add in at a time? Thanks
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Did you have an ammonia spike? If so, its good to go. I don't know how many fish you can introduce at once, but CUC has no limit. Add what you want. I have a 90 gallon and added 10 nassarius snails, 4 hermit crabs, 3 peppermint shrimp, and a brittle star all at once. I started with 3 fish, and then added 3 more the next time. I wouldn't overload it with corals right off the bat. Give them some time to adjust and go slow with them. Some corals do better in longer established tanks and won't survive in a one or two month old tank.

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What did you use as an ammonia source?
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Cycle with live rock. Never had an ammonia or a nitrite spike.
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:12 PM   #7
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If you haven't added an ammonia source, your cycle has not started. You can dose with pure ammonia, or add an uncooked shrimp to your tank to get it going. Live rock will not cycle your tank, but will make the cycle time short IME.

Here's a good guide:
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling - Aquarium Advice
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Old 01-11-2014, 02:13 AM   #8
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My tank cycled from live rock alone. So don't say you can't. But it is a more reliable process by adding an ammonia source.

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