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Old 07-04-2011, 01:15 AM   #1
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Ok so my tank has been cycling for 5 days now. The ammonia peaked two days ago and the are the test results now.
Ammonia: .50
Nitrite: couldn't tell but between 1 and 2
Nitrate: 40
pH: 8.2
Is this the norm?
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:26 AM   #2
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Yep. Your ammonia will spike, your nitrite will spike, then your nitrates will spike. Then you do some PWC's and you're done.

Is there an ammonia source in there now to keep the bacteria colony alive?
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No....there was some dead shrimp... Should they still be in there?
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:52 AM   #4
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You need an ammonia source. Shrimp. Food flakes. Or the best option IMO is ammonia drops bc they can be precisely controlled. The bacteria needs an ammonia source to start the process as well as stay alive.
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Yes, keep an ammonia source in there to keep feeding your bacteria. Looks like you're doing well, don't want to stall!
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:04 AM   #7
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Yes, keep an ammonia source in there to keep feeding your bacteria. Looks like you're doing well, don't want to stall!
Haha yeah! Deff not! So even though I took out the shrimp it's all good to put it back in?
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Yes put it back in or add a new one
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Yes put it back in or add a new one
Ok I did. How long should I leave it?
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:23 AM   #10
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When I did it , I put it in there and let it completely dissolve. It took about a week. Once it was dissolved I started adding inverts and it all went smoothly
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