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Old 02-25-2011, 09:46 AM   #31
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Good Morning Folks.

Just did my readings and its: 4ppm ammonia, nitrites 0 and nitrates 0. Temp is at 79. Nothing has really changed since yesterday.

Any idea how long it could take til the ammonia goes down? I figure when nitrites start showing up the process is begun.

Right now the only thing I wanna put in is my cleanup crew. I'm in no rush for fish just yet if at all. Just wish I had something in the tank. I have been checking out the live rock in detail and there is ALOT of stuff growing on it. Theres little tentacles coming out of crevices and the such. And of course my teeny anemone is still alive. Theres that I guess. lol

Thanks guys, looking forward to replies.
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Old 02-25-2011, 09:55 AM   #32
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i have never used ammonia out of a bottle to cycle a tank. as a matter of fact, i've never used a cocktail shrimp either. i relied on the die off on the live rock to start the cycle, which it always did.
i waited for the ammonia to be converted, and then the nitrite. then i would add livestock slowly.
if you have a substantial ammonia reading in the beginning, i don't see the need to add more. it's inevitable that you will grow bacteria, once you see ammonia. the bacteria that you grow won't die in a few days either. no need to worry about a food source right away. you'll probably want to feed the crustaceans you add anyway. it doesn't look like there is a lot of food on that rock for them.
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I wouldn't add your clean up crew yet. They will have a hard time dealing with the ammonia just the same as fish. I know it is difficult to wait it out but i would leave the tank empty until you finish your cycle. It may be a little shorter for you since you already have some cycled rock.
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Old 02-25-2011, 12:24 PM   #34
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Woot! I think anyway..... I'm finally getting a nitrite reading, just .25 but its more than it was. Ammonia still at 4 tho. I'm encouraged....maybe this will work out OK after all lol
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Good Morning All! Did my daily readings and am at a crossroads of what to do.

My ammonia is at .5 ppm, nititres .25 and trates 0.

I would prefer not to add more straight amonia but I understand that the bacteria need something to live off of. Could I just rely on my LR now? Or should I dose back to 2 ppm and see what tomorrow brings?

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Since you still don't have a trace of trates I would say does more ammonia until you do. It is clear the cycle is proceeding just not done yet.

You can also try adding flakes or something instead of ammonia and see how that works.
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I added a pinch of flakes really pulverized. I'll check the readings later tonight and see if the ammonia goes back up. Still waiting for those darn nitrites to really kick in. Just wanna see some progress I guess. Doesn't mean livestock, just moving ahead would be great at this point.
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I can assure you that everyone feels the same way. The hardest part of getting the tank prepared is patients but it is worth it to avoid problems later on. I've heard a very valuable saying (in one form or another) from others on this site: Nothing good in a marine aquarium happens quickly. That is very true...
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The ammonia finally dropped to 0 this afternoon so I redosed a few ml of ammonia to get it back to 4ppm. I'm still reading just the slightest hint of nitrites and it looks like my nitrate test is showing a bit of orange. Not really very much tho.

I take it these are all good things? I posted in another thread about something I found when I moved a rock today. Not sure if its alive or not. I really hate to kill what I do have LOL
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Found this today on a rock
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