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Old 09-22-2011, 07:21 PM   #111
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Yay, you're getting there!
No point in doing the PWC really, unless you can't do a large water change at the end to get the nitrates down. But it won't hurt anything.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:22 PM   #112
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Your nitrates look a lot higher than 10 to me also lol.. judging from that picture maybe around 40.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:12 PM   #113
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Your nitrates look a lot higher than 10 to me also lol.. judging from that picture maybe around 40.
Haha yea the colors look a bit darker in the photo, but when I hold up the actual test tube with a white background, it matches up with 10 ppm. Maybe 20 at the very highest, but it looks a lot more like 10 to me. The nitrite also looks almost black in the photo, but it's somewhere between 2 and 5 ppm (I find those two shades on the test to look very similar)
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Oh and I think I might hold off on the water change lol. Probably save it for the end.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:15 PM   #115
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I just performed another water test, and I must say, I am very impressed with Dr. Tim's One and Only. Here are the results of today's tests:

Ammo: 0 ppm
Nitrite : 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 10 ppm
pH: 8.2
SG: 1.027

Since this is my first time cycling a SW tank, I can't be sure that the One and Only sped it up that much, what I do know is my nitrite dropped from 5 ppm to 0.25 three days after adding it, and that makes me quite happy. Oh and again, the test tubes look a good deal darker in the photo.

If my readings keep steady for a while and my nitrite drops down to 0, I might order a CUC from reefcleaners so I could get it in on Friday. Do you guys think I should toss a shrimp or two in there to give the bacteria an ammonia source until then? Or would the continued die off from the live rock be enough? (there's still quite a big of dying plants, gunk, etc...)
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As long as you have an ammonia source in there you'll be fine. Congrats on your almost finished cycle!
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:45 PM   #117
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yep yep, your getting close and doing well
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:15 PM   #118
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I just looked up some of the older posts on this thread, and I set up my tank on the 13th. That would put me at 11 days into my cycle and it's looking like I'm well on my way . Gotta keep testing though. Once it's all finished I'll look at my old posts and give a little summary of my cycling experiences, and my thoughts on BioSpira and Dr. Tim's One and Only.

Anyways, do you guys think ordering a CUC once I'm cycled would be a good idea? If so, what size? I plan on ordering one of those quick crews off of reefcleaners.org...

My hope is that those nitrites might drop down to zero in the next couple of days, and I might be able to do a big water change and add the CUC on Friday.
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I ordered the 40 gallon breeder package with hermits. And I've got plenty. Couldn't imagine getting a crew for a 75 gallon.


Reefcleaners really did a good job. If you can order an emerald crab or two at the same time.
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I ordered the 40 gallon breeder package with hermits. And I've got plenty. Couldn't imagine getting a crew for a 75 gallon.


Reefcleaners really did a good job. If you can order an emerald crab or two at the same time.
Thanks! But do you think that my tank would provide them with enough food? If I remember correctly, your tank isn't all that much older than mine, have you been able to sustain your CUC? I've got tons of decaying stuff on my live rock, so I definitely want some critters to start tidying up for me lol...
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