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Old 10-28-2008, 01:27 AM   #1
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Question Cycle is it done? --- More information!

Ok I have my Red Sea Max running since October 12. Saltwater from the ocean, live rock, aragonite. I add a raw shrimp on October 22...
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10.23...... Amonia 0.5 - 1.0 +/-........ Nitrite 0
10.26...... Amonia 1.0 .....................Nitrite 1.0
10.27...... Amonia 0 ........................Nitrite 0.25

My raw srimp disintegrated...so nothing else left.
Is the cycle done? Is it to soon to consider done? Do I have to do anything else?
Thanks once again
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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What about nitrate?
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Old 10-28-2008, 01:53 AM   #3
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Until your ammonia AND nitrites are at zero... no, you're not done. I'm assuming from the numbers that your live rock was cured, or out of an existing tank?
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I agree with Kurt and bluerose.
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Agree, once both are at 0 then you'll be done. You're right on the brink it looks like to me.
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I'll check about Nitrate and post it.
My live rock was cured..my point was I thought the amonia will be up the sky and nitrite for a week or so and then will start to go towards 0. But it's look like the amonia is already 0 after 5 days.
Thanks guys, and I'll check and post my readings.
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If the rock was cured, you are probably reading a little bit of ammonia and nitrItes because the tank needed a tiny bit more beneficial bacteria. Once ammonia and nitrItes are 0, you can add a fish and some clean up critters. Any ideas of what you would like to add?
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Problably I made a mistake but on October 20 I added 10 hermy crabs (small ones), 3 snails and 1 fire shrimp....the went all the cycle, but I'd like to have more ideas about it.
Do you think I should add another raw shirmp?
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I wouldn't add another raw shrimp. Wait out the nitrItes (should be a few days) and do a PWC to reduce the nitrAtes and you should be ready to go.
If you want to be super sure, add a small pinch of flakes or food, wait 3-4 days and make sure there is no ammonia.
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Ok...my readings today October 28

PH.........8.0 - 8.2
Amonia... 0
Nitrite ... 0
Nitrate 20

So ...do you guys call the cycle done? What will be the next step? Do I need more clean up critters? Any fish sugestion? As my goal it's a reef with fish..do you have any sugestion about reef to start?

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