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Old 03-28-2011, 11:57 AM   #1
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Ammonia?

Ok I have had my tank up and running for four weeks and I just started checking my ammonia levels I ran it for one week with just rock and another three weeks with fish..I've only been checking the levels for three days and today the ammonia level is at 0.50 the past days they were at 0ppm I dnt kno if the tank has cycled yet and this be part of the cycle?
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:20 PM   #2
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So this is the first time you have checked for amm since the tank started?

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:24 PM   #3
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Yes I took it to the fish store and they checked but they never told me n e thing they just said it was ready for two damsels
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:24 PM   #4
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Was it LR? IMO I don't think your tank is cycled yet. What I would do is remove the fish and put in a piece of raw shrimp. Check the water parameters after a few days and you should see a definite rise in ammonia levels. (2ppm+). Then you should test the water every few days afterwards. You'll see the ammonia drop to 0; but the nitrites and nitrates will be very high. Keep testing and when the nitrites drop to 0, do a 50% PWC and you'll be able to add the fish back in.
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How long does it take for the cycle with the raw shrimp cycle?
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:32 PM   #6
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Depends on how much LR you have. I cycled a smaller (20G) tank in about two and a half weeks with LR rubble and a raw shrimp.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:33 PM   #7
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And yes it was live rock 40 pounds 85gallon tank and live sand
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:33 PM   #8
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You could be looking at four weeks or so. You can cycle with the fish but it will require daily water changes, monitoring of the water and will take at least as long as the shrimp method.

I would say the first thing you need is your own testing kit. API master freshwater kit has everything you'll need.
Keep in mind the store wants to sell you stuff without regard to what is right and/or proper. They managed to sell you damsels which i dont' even know if you wanted or not, they are some nasty fish.
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:37 PM   #9
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The only reason I put these poor fish in was because the store told me the water was ready..then I went back and talked to a diffrent guy he told me that he don't think the water has cycled yet.and that he wish he was there so he could of stopped me from buying fish....if I leave the fish in with the cycle going on will it kill them? That's if the cycle hasn't happened yet
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:39 PM   #10
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I would use two raw shrimp to jump start your cycle. 2 damsels in an 85 gallon tank don't provide enough bio-load to get a cycle going quickly. Do the fishless cycle and test your water every few days. That's the only way to be sure; and it's more humane.
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