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Old 04-28-2005, 03:19 AM   #1
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avg cycle time?

I dropped a shrimp in to begin my cycle a couple of days ago and was wondering how long on average it will take to get this cycle complete. The tank is approximately 23 gallons. I know you cant rush this process and Ill start taking tests on ammonia, trites, and trates in a few more days. I was hoping this wouldnt take more than about 14-20 days. Does that sound about right?
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Old 04-28-2005, 10:08 AM   #2
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I think at LEAST 14 days, but more info would be helpful. DO you have LR in place? Sand?
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Old 04-28-2005, 11:23 AM   #3
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No live rock as this is my first setup and ill be moving (and mostlikely be moving up to a larger tank) in about 3 months. I have 40lbs of Yardright sand.

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Typcially 4 weeks, up to 6 weeks. I've heard of 8 week cycles too.

Do NOT rush this. Without LR, your tank will cycle slower. I doubt Yardright is aragonite sand, so it's not going to buffer your water, so do keep an eye on alkalinity and pH.
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Old 04-28-2005, 05:19 PM   #5
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it is aragonite
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:23 PM   #6
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Coming up on one week and still no major shrimp deterioration..........getting bored.
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:39 PM   #7
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Just wait.

The final deterioration is really fast.
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My cycle finished up in one week. I used 2 jumbo shrimp and about 40lbs or lr
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Mine took about 2 weeks. All I used was shrimp.
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Thanks for the encouragement. Lord knows it smells bad enough. Ill be testing it tomorrow for ammonia and nitrates to see where I stand at week 1.
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