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Old 11-19-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Am i jumping the gun?

Today is day three of no Ammonia,Nitrites or Nitrates.i added some more ammonia just to test to see if the tank has cycled.I planned to to get a protein skimmer and an r/o di unit when I got my tax return.I did not count on my tank being cycled so quickly since I started with all base rock and needed to make it live and do a fishless cycle.I plan on checking levels again for the next few days but if Ammonia and Nitrites are zero could i add fish w/o any other biological filter except the lr or would I be better off just adding ammonia until I get the protein skimmer and other minor equipment?
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What size tank is it? If its smaller you could run it without a skimmer..do you have any hob filters? Or mechanical?
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I personally dont think it has cycled. Mine took a week to start.
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What size tank is it? If its smaller you could run it without a skimmer..do you have any hob filters? Or mechanical?
My tank is 45 gallons and the answer is no I don't have an hob or mechanical filter.
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I would stick to adding ammonia until you get the skimmer
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I would stick to adding ammonia until you get the skimmer
+1 why not buy a used skimmer? Or a cheaper one till you get taxes and get a good one?
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Try adding a few ppm of ammonia and see what happens to it over 24 hours. If there's no ammonia or nitrites left then I don't see a reason not to get fish if you want to.

Do you have a refugium or sump?
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I personally dont think it has cycled. Mine took a week to start.
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Try adding a few ppm of ammonia and see what happens to it over 24 hours. If there's no ammonia or nitrites left then I don't see a reason not to get fish if you want to.
Do you have a refugium or sump?
My tank has been up and running for almost two months now.I just assumed that because I was using base rock and doing a fishless cycle that it would not be up and ready until January or February because I was not just cycling my tank I was making my base rock live...apparently I miscalculated.No I do not have a refrugium or a sump.I was going to build or buy a sump just before I bought the fish in January or February.
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I was reading another post about a new tank setup and I have another question,I have no algae or diatoms because my tank has been exposed to little light.Should I turn on my tank light or is it a good thing that I have no algae?
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I was reading another post about a new tank setup and I have another question,I have no algae or diatoms because my tank has been exposed to little light.Should I turn on my tank light or is it a good thing that I have no algae?
If it were me I would turn my tank lights on and time them like I normally would.

If you didn't want to put fish in just yet if you turned the lights on you could get some snails for a CUC to eat algae that grows.

Are you going to be QTing the fish?
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