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Old 08-20-2014, 12:40 PM   #1
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Could my tank have cycled in 4 days?

I set up my 12 gallon cube on Sunday and today I tested the water and I found:
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5/10. (It's hard to tell)

I have been testing the water daily and on Monday and Tuesday my ammonia was 0.5 but my nitrite has stayed at 0. My nitrate also read 0 until today. I have 17lb of cured, established live rock from a friends tank and 10lb of live sand. I really don't know what is going on so please could someone help me out! I'm not going to get any livestock soon and I'll keep testing my water to see what's happening.
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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The nitrates could be results from die-off from the live rock, but what are you using as an ammonia source? Live rock helps cycle faster, but 4 days seems too fast. If you can get ammonia and dose to 4ppm and it goes back to zero within 24 hours (or close), then you know you are good. Places like Ace Hardware (unscented and can't have bubbles after you shake it) or Dr Tim's sells it. I used the Dr Tim's as dosing is easier.


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I used fish flakes and let them decay to produce ammonia. There isn't anyway in the uk that I can get ammonia I don't think so I'll just leave the tank for a bit and see if I get any ammonia or nitrite spikes
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Use a raw table shrimp, but I'd put it in a media bag or pantyhose for ease of removal
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Does fish food not work?
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I have some kenya tree and button polyp on my live rock. Will they die during the cycle?
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It will take a lot and add a good amount of phosphate to your system.
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I'll see if I can get a table shrimp tomorrow. How long should I leave it in the tank?
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Until you get a good ammonia spike, usually 3-5 days
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Ok. Should I leave the fish food or try and get it out with a turkey baster or something?
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