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Old 06-29-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Almost done with cycling after first week?

So the first week of cycling will be completed tommorrow. Here are my parameters using 2 different test kits( API and salifert)

API:

Ph-8.0
Ammonia-1.0ppm
Nitrite-5ppm
Nitrate-20ppm

Salifert:
Ph-8.0
Ammonia-0ppm
Nitrite-1ppm
Nitrate-100ppm

What do you guys think?
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:41 PM   #2
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Anyone?
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:44 PM   #3
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Well I would say your close to being done the cycle.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:45 PM   #4
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Pretty fast cycle.
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We meet again Scott lol, the nice thing with getting live rock is it usually means a short cycle time. I figure in a couple days your params will be good to start SLOWLY adding your stock. Start with some of your clean up crew. What size tank and what are you planning for stock?
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:52 AM   #6
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90g tank. I know it sounds dumb but I haven't really put too much thought into stock. I've been too caught up in starting up the tank lol

Pair of clowns, yellow tang,torch, bubbletip eventually, frogspawn, greenstar polyp, toadstool mushroom after that I don't really know. Any recommendations?

And I went to reefcleaners.com and I submitted a form and this was the crew they suggested:

50 Dwarf Ceriths
29 Nassarius
30 Florida Ceriths
8 Limpets
25 Assorted Hermits
19 Large Nerite and 10 Small to Medium Nerites
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Looks like a good clean up crew. Your stock list looks good but be prepared that alot of people will tell you the tang doesn't belong. I would suggest researching your stock before adding anything other than the CUC that is. A good starting point I found is liveaquaria, browse through the coral and fish and determine your "must have" coral and fish and plan around that. The nice thing is that site also provides all the care requirements right there.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:23 AM   #8
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Looks like your cycle is close however do not add anything until it over and you have removed all those nitrates. 10ppm or less will put you where you want to be. Will require some large water changes. Also be sure nitrite is gone. Recheck all parameters before buying any stock and add slow.

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Old 06-30-2012, 11:19 AM   #9
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Ok, thank you everybody!
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #10
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Another question, can I add the whole cuc at the same time? and how long do i have to wait to add tem after the cycle is complete?
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