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Old 11-03-2010, 12:49 AM   #51
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In a reef system it actually takes 6 months to a year for the death/life/bacterial/algae cycle to 'balance out'.

Read all of myth #15 below, and look about 1/2 way down the page to the black/white timeline

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How high have people's ammonia and nitrite spikes gone during the cycle?

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When I was doing ammonia dosing on a 225 gallon I would keep it between 1-3ppm and the nitrite spiked out above 4.
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Thanks Floyd. With all the testing I've done and keep doing I think my ammonia spiked at just under 1ppm and the nitrites hit just under 2ppm. The ammonia currently is at 0 and the nitrites are at 0.05. The one thing I'm curious about is that my nitrates climbed steadily to 10ppm and have stayed there for over a week.

All this has made me believe, even with three raw shrimps to kick start, that my rocks were mostly cured. The nitrates though...is the cheato keeping that steady?

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I believe that Chaeto will export nitrates and phosphates out of the water as it grows, so I think that would be a yes.
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