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Old 01-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #1
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Hi I just recently bought a Red Sea 130d max I put water and live rock in the tank last Thursday. I haven't seen any spikes in the ammonia, nitrite, or nitrate yet. My question is how long does it generally take to start seeing these spikes? I also see a bunch of these little microscopic flee looking things running around the rock.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:57 PM   #2
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Do you have an ammonia source in the tank?
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Old 01-23-2013, 10:05 PM   #3
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Just the live rock and the crushed corral in a mesh bag in the back of the tank. I was thinking maybe I should add a small maintenance crew?
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Oh ok. You need a source of ammonia to begin the cycle. there are a few ways to go about it but IMO the easiest/cheapest way is to add a raw uncooked shrimp. check out this link.

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Ok I've been told that once before I guess ill start that tonight should it be shelled or shel off?
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yeah just drop the whole thing in there, shell and all
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:26 PM   #7
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Ok I've been told that once before I guess ill start that tonight should it be shelled or shel off?

Some people put the shrimp in a sock so you don't have bits of rotting shrimp floating around to deal with

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Ok put shrimp in a filter bag. Question how long do I keep it in there until I start getting ammonia spikes or until the tank is completely cycled?

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Old 01-24-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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my understanding is you need a constant source of amonia until you get a complete cycle so you even may need to add another shrimp until you get a complete cycle. Then remove it.
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