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Old 01-29-2005, 09:09 AM   #11
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ammonia reading is 2.0ppm. is this normal?
That is normal for a cycle. IMO if the hitchikers survived the transit, there is a good chance they can survive the cycle. Just don't place any fish until the cycle is complete.
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Your amm will probably end up in the 6.0 to 8.0 range before it starts falling. Mine went off the test charts before it went down.
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something like white cotton "fungus" on the LR. what is that? is that the die off of the rocks? is this normal to the new set up tank?
what should i do about this?

besides that, i bought the joes juice for the aiptasia. it grow like crazy. saw a lot of young aiptasia in my tank. well, i know i can use peppermint shrimp but now the ammonia is 4ppm. so i think no one will recommend to put the shrimp in....

any advice?
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Wait for the cycle to end and then start with a cleanup crew and a shrimp. Make sure to do a large water change after the cycle completes to reduce nitrates. The shrimp will do fine after that point.
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white cotton "fungus" on the LR. what is that?
Yes, that is LR die off. Normal. Since your tank has not yet cycled (Ammonia at 2ppm), you're going to get a big ammonia spike, followed by a big nitrite spike, followed by a big nitrate spike.

IMO, do multiple water changes during this time in an attempt to keep these spikes to a lower level. This will extend the time it takes to fully cycle, but will give any critters on your LR a better chance of survival.
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