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Old 11-01-2012, 01:21 AM   #1
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4 Day Old Cycle/Nitrites High Already?

I have a 65 gallon tank with 20 gallon sump i recently set up with ro/di water..
I put about 15 lbs of live rock and the rest base rock on Saturday with 2 uncooked shrimp.

Yesterday my test readings where

PH 8.4
ammonia .50
Nitrite 1.0
Nitrate 0

Today my test readings are

PH 8.0
ammonia .50
Nitrite 5.0 PPM
Nitrate 10 PPM

The nitrite shot way up over night.. Maybe i should remove the shrimp?
Im just not sure right now.. Looking for opinions,, TY
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:18 AM   #2
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Leave the shrimp in. When your amm and nitrite hit 0 and the shrimp is still decaying then you know your tank is ready to handle a good bioload.
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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Ok cool I'll leave it in, I just thought it was way to early in the cycle to have nitrites that high
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Keep it going thats a good sign!

Really pleased to see another fishless cycle by the way! Well done
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Old 11-01-2012, 08:19 PM   #5
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Checked levels again today and there about the same as yesterday.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:17 PM   #6
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Definitely leave the shrimp in.... I had detectable nitrites on day 2, and pretty high by day 5 with nitrates developing, so you're right on track. Waiting for the Nitrites to get back to 0 takes a little while.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:49 PM   #7
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well that makes me feel better then.. Ive been searching the internet for the last 2 days for cycling information, lol.. I was up last night till 1:30 in the morning looking thru all kinds of forums including our here on AA!!

Ive been putting this tank together since July and got a good amount of money into it so far, so now i guess im just being paranoid at this point because i dont want anything to go wrong here in the home stretch.

I guess i can get some sleep now, im exhausted ..

Ty All for the help so far, This website has been a wealth of info for me since the beginning



Ill post more results when my levels change
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:45 AM   #8
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Don't worry.... we all know how much is invested in time, worry, and actual hard $$. But, accept the fact that no matter how much you prepare, things are going to happen..... Prime example is we all read & preach "don't overfeed", but you're not going to know what overfeeding is until you do it and learn for yourself.

Remember, there are two types of tanks... those who have had algea, and those who will have algae!!!
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:52 PM   #9
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No algae yet here phranque, so I'm the one that will be getting it sooner or later. The other question I have is about the live rock I had put I at the beginning of the cycle. There looks like there are some black spots on some of the rock and the Rock doesn't look as good as when I got it. Should I just leave it alone or remove and clean it somehow? Just let me know your thoughts on this.

Here are some new test results also ( things are changing)

Ph. 8.4
Ammo .25
Nitrite 5.0 or higher
Nitrate 40
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Just let the LR be..... it's being cured it at the same time you're cycling.... there's going to be stuff on there that's going to die off during the high ammonia/nitrite phases, but that's also contributing to the bioload pushing the cycle. Some of the black spots could be small sponges that have died.
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