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Old 08-05-2008, 03:01 PM   #1
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AM I on the right track?

My tank has been up for 25 days. I just want to know if my readings are normal.

7/17/08 Ammonia .25 ppm
7/17/08 Nitrite 0 ppm
7/17/08 Nitrate 0 ppm
7/17/08 pH 8.2

7/29/08 Ammonia 2.0 ppm
7/29/08 Nitrite 0 ppm
7/29/08 Nitrate 0 ppm
7/29/08 pH 8.3

8/4/08 Ammonia 4.0 ppm
8/4/08 Nitrite .25 ppm
8/4/08 Nitrate 0 ppm
8/4/08 pH 8.3

Do these numbers look normal? Just want to make sure we are on the right track.

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Water temp = 81F (nothing inside yet except LR and sand)

Test Kit = Saltwater Master Liquid Test Kit
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Looks like a good cycle to me. Before long the ammonia will start to go down and nitrites up and then they will go down. When ammonia and nitrites are at 0 then do a 33% PWC and you should be ready for your first fish in a week or two after that.
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Yep. You have a good cycle started.
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Looks text-book perfect to me!
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Wow, you should keep that for future newcomers, it shows an excellent cycle in progress!
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Perfect thanks guys. How long do you think it will take for it to be ready? like 3 more weeks? Should I remove the shrimp that I out in to start the cycle?
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Since you are starting to see nitrItes you can, if you can keep it from falling apart. I would wait till I saw a little more nitrItes. When I cycled my tank, I just left them in.
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Thanx roka, I will wait some more. I cant wait until I get my first fishies
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This is a great post... Thanks So i will begin my cycle and i was going to be asking ? about my cycle levels...
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Yes remove the shrimp. Dont add fish untill ammonia and nitrite are zero. 4 to 6 weeks usually enough time.
After cycle is over i would add a few CUC then wait a week or two then add a fish then wait and add more cuc and a fish or coral.

Use this time to learn the basics , like why do i cycle or do i have enough water movement or what do my LR and LS actually do.
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