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Old 01-26-2007, 02:01 AM   #1
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cycle...is it done? almost done?

how do i know if my cycle is done??? its been almost 2 months...it hasntt had algae growing on my rocks at all until the past 2 weeks when brown algae starts to grow on my lr. its jes on the rocks tho and none on the sand...i have 2 aquaclear 50 powerheads in there a wet/dry with bioballs and a skimmer...it is a fowlr tank for now...
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How did you cycle the tank and do you have 0 levels for nh3/no2?
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I agree, do you have a test kit?
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This will explain the cycling process

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Old 01-28-2007, 05:43 PM   #5
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nitrate 0
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Zero levels don't really tell us much, except that you're either at the very beginning or the very end of your cycle. But the zero nitrates kinda confused me. If you're at the end, you must've done some serious water changes.

I was going to ask how you originally cycled the tank, but then noticed your pictures. Either my eyes are messing with me, or you have three fish in the tank already. If your tank hasn't cycled yet, then it will soon. Keep an eye on the ammonia levels.
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i used to have a 75 gallon tank...the sand, the rocks and the fish came from my old tank...i bought this 54 corner tank and instead of using the water from the old tank i used RO instead becuase i thought my old water was bad so i wanted to start out fresh...but i kept the old sand and rocks...and fish. 3 damsels, a huma huma trigger and a niger trigger...
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Ahh... I see now. And I also see that I missed a couple fish!

If you just transferred your existing live rock and sand from your original tank to the new one - without letting it dry out in between - then you're probably OK and wouldn't see a cycle at all since the bacteria is still in the rock/sand.

Is this tank just going to be an "in between" tank until you get a bigger one? Just curious, as when I originally saw the Niger Trigger in the photo I thought that seemed like a lot of fish for a smallish tank. And now that I hear there's actually two triggers in there, yikes!
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no i never let the the rocks or sand dry out. i placed them in a big bucket with the original water, heater and powerhead...and the triggers im still thinkin of what to do with them because id like to turn into reef...how will i know if my tank is ready for reef? and is it absolute necessary that i get rid of my bioballs if i turn to reef?
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The bio-balls if not rinsed in old SW every couple of months can collect waste and build up your no3 but it appears it's not an issue so far. It would be better to gradually replace your bio-balls with live rock rubble which was already recommended.

Return the triggers and damsels to the lfs or give to a friend if you want a reef tank.

For reef you will need "reef safe" fish, a quality skimmer, and PC, MH, OR VHO lighting in the 300+ watt range depending on the kind of corals you want.

Getting your po4 levels closer to 0 ppm will also need to be done for a successful reef.
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