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Old 02-15-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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Cycle began yesterday...

Water temperature holding steady at 78.

Have done two Ammonia tests since adding a chunk of raw shrimp. Yesterday, a few hours after i put the shrimp in, my Ammonia level was 0.5 ppm. Today, it is 1.0.

Since the shrimp has only been in there for about 24 hours, can i begin to test for Nitrite to make sure my cycle has began?

Oh, and the tank smells Terrific with the rotting flesh in there...
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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When i ran my cycle i tested everything when I started. Just so i can get a general idea of when the ammonia and nitrite peaked and began to fall back to 0.
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When you see ammonia and nitrites go up and back down then you`ll know the cycle is none. Then you`ll do about a 40-50 % PWC to lower the nitrates.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:13 PM   #4
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When you see ammonia and nitrites go up and back down then you`ll know the cycle is none. Then you`ll do about a 40-50 % PWC to lower the nitrates.
why do a 50% water change if you want nitrates?..
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:16 PM   #5
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Ammonia is worse than Nitrites. Nitrites are worse than Nitrates.

Bacteria eats ammonia (from fish waste) and creates nitrites. Bacteria eats nitrites and creates nitrates. Water Change is the best way to eliminate nitrates.
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i know how the cycle works. nitrite is worse than ammonia. but nitrate is harmless
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:30 PM   #7
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I see. Thanks for the information =)

I think i've only got one more question for the time being.

I added Aragonite along with the live rock yesterday, and discovered that i totally should have rinsed the stuff first. The bag said i did not have to, so i did not. The water got super cloudy and has since settled back down to where i can see through it, but some dust has settled on my view pannels, thermometer, and power head. How can i wipe this down and remove the dust, without stirring it up again/adding detergents to my tank? Should i use a cloth, or not i guess is what i am asking.

Should i leave it alone until my cycle is complete, then vaccum the substrate whilst performing a water change?

I found a hitchhiker today too =D A very small snail about the size of a BB is crawling around. At first i thought it was a rock stuck to the under side of the canopy frame. But when i looked real close i saw two antennae come out of it, then it slowly began to move around. He's a very light beige/off white color and is very very small. Any idea what he could be?
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Since when is nitrate harmless?
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well fairly harmless my bad
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but nitrate is harmless
to a certain extent... you dont want high nitrates, so removing them after the cycle (as the reading is generally quite high because of the amount of nitrite involved) will help keep them manageable... high nitrates can kill fish just like nitrite and ammonia, it just takes a considerably larger amount
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