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Old 05-08-2004, 01:59 AM   #1
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Advice on the "cycle"

I was wondering how long it takes for the cycle to start?

I have had LR (cured), LS in tank for about 1 week. I am using the dead shrimp way to create the cycle.

Readings are: pH=82, Nitrates (NO3) =25 Ammonia (NH3)= .25 Nitrite (NO2)= .2

These have been the same since I added the LR. I can't seem to see any changes in the cycle. What should I do or is this normal.

Second Question: I can't get the temperature to drop in my tank. It stays around 79.7 ( is this too hot?) I don't have the heater on at all. It stays at that constant temp. Any suggestions?
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if there is ammonia it has started... just give it some time. 80 degrees is fine.
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Second Question: I can't get the temperature to drop in my tank. It stays around 79.7 ( is this too hot?) I don't have the heater on at all. It stays at that constant temp. Any suggestions?
Check the temp at night and set the heater to maintain 80 degrees. If you have been turning your heater down in an attemp to lower the temperature it may be cooling down too low at night. By setting the heater to 80 your temperature will be a constant 80 degrees. Stability is the key.
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temp and cycle

Sounds like the cycle is doing ok. It may take a while yet. Be patient and don't go trying to short cut it by adding strange chemicals to the tank. Just keep monitoring those levels and do a water change if they start to get really high.

80 degrees is fine. I don't know what kind of lighting you have, but it is possible that the lights are driving up the temperature. Another possibility is heat from submerged pumps. I agree with Anemguy...make sure that the tank is not cooling too much at night.
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