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Old 12-06-2012, 09:04 AM   #11
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I would not add anything else. Test your ammonia again and have your lfs test it to API tends to read a little green IMO. Almost there!!
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:05 AM   #12
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Well 4 days later I tested again and here are my results (refer to below pic):

Ammonia - around 0.25ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 10ppm
PH - 8.4

Haven't had a chance to get my LFS to test but will try to soon. If ammonia goes back down to zero and my other parameters remain the same, would that be considered to being cycled or very close to? Also, at what stage would I do a PWC and how much?
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:11 AM   #13
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Ok guys don't all reply at once will you!

Anyway have now removed my decaying shrimp and my current parameters are as follows:

Ammonia 0.10 - 0.20ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 20ppm
Ph 8.2 - 8.4
Salinity - 1.025


Will not do a PWC as my nitrates are not very high. Will also look to adding my first fish this weekend, as I can confidentially say my tank is cycled. Any suggestions as to the best type of sw fish to try with?
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:34 PM   #14
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Ok guys don't all reply at once will you!

Anyway have now removed my decaying shrimp and my current parameters are as follows:

Ammonia 0.10 - 0.20ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 20ppm
Ph 8.2 - 8.4
Salinity - 1.025


Will not do a PWC as my nitrates are not very high. Will also look to adding my first fish this weekend, as I can confidentially say my tank is cycled. Any suggestions as to the best type of sw fish to try with?
How much time between when you removed the shrimp and when you tested?
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:50 PM   #15
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How much time between when you removed the shrimp and when you tested?
Probably tested a couple if hours after I removed the shrimp. Should I test again tonight I.e. 24 hours later?
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Probably tested a couple if hours after I removed the shrimp. Should I test again tonight I.e. 24 hours later?
I don't think it will take 24 hrs. Should be fine under 12 hrs.
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I don't think it will take 24 hrs. Should be fine under 12 hrs.
Notice how my nitrate has gone up? Do you think it's at a safe level and there's no need to do a PWC or would it be better to do one? I prefer not to but am prepared to do anything to make my parameters as best as possible before adding the new additions
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Notice how my nitrate has gone up? Do you think it's at a safe level and there's no need to do a PWC or would it be better to do one? I prefer not to but am prepared to do anything to make my parameters as best as possible before adding the new additions
It wouldn't hurt to do a wc. I would get it done before adding new fish just to cut out unnecessary stress while they're settling in .
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:08 PM   #19
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Current parameters are:

Ammonia - around 0.10ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 10ppm
PH 8.2 - 8.4

May not be totally necessary but will be doing around 40% water change just to be on safe side, as I had a shrimp decaying in there for a while. I'm also surprised why my nitrite has always stayed at zero throughout the cycling process and not have some sort of spike?
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Current parameters are:

Ammonia - around 0.10ppm
Nitrite - 0ppm
Nitrate - 10ppm
PH 8.2 - 8.4

May not be totally necessary but will be doing around 40% water change just to be on safe side, as I had a shrimp decaying in there for a while. I'm also surprised why my nitrite has always stayed at zero throughout the cycling process and not have some sort of spike?
It's not unusual to never see an ammonia or nitrite spike when cycling with LR. Especially with all the BB from an established tank you added to your sump. I think you're good! I'd get some fish in there...just be sure to plan your stock carefully. Looking for some pics soon.
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