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Old 10-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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A little confused with my cycle.

Ok so 17G, about ~30lbs of live rock, 20lbs live sand.

Been running fully for a week now and I've have a shrimp in there that fully decomposed. My highest ammonia reading was ~0.6ppm, nitrate went from 0 to 0.3 back to zero, and my nitrate went from 5, to a little darker than 5, to now 10ppm.

I haven't seen an ammonia or nitrite spike, yet my nitrates are rising. Currently, my ammonia still sits at 0.6. I had cloudy water suggesting a bacterial bloom but it's cleared up pretty much by now. Should I add in another shrimp?
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:54 PM   #2
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Bump. Bump.
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What test kit is it? If no spike off rotting shrimp something doesn't sound right IMO
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:11 PM   #4
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What test kit is it? If no spike off rotting shrimp something doesn't sound right IMO
Nutrafin mini master test kit.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:56 AM   #5
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Should I add another shrimp? I'm going to test again tonight.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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If you have nitrates, you had a cycle.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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I cycled with the same cocktail shrimp method and had your same question about ammonia. I never saw it get to a high number, but my Nitrites did spike and then my nitrates steadily climbed too.

When your cycle is done, Ammonia and nitrites REALLY WILL go down to zero. Just keep testing every few days until you see that, then do a big water change to get your nitrates down.

It will come along
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With 30 lbs of LR in a 17 gal tank, I wouldn't expect much of a cycle at all. That much LR should have all the bacteria you need.
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+1 on the live rock. I also had about 2x as much live rock as tank volume (150 lbs rock for a 75 gallon tank) Everyone told me that helped reduce my cycle time.
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #10
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Sweet haha thanks guys! Gonna keep doing parameter checks every other day until I hit zero ammonia and nitrite. I might dose a little more ammonia somehow just to be safe before I add any inverts.
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