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Old 06-09-2011, 06:45 PM   #1
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Cycle qestions????

This is day 8 of my cycle

Am -0
Trite- 0
Trate-40
Ph- 7.8

Six days ago my ammonia was at .50 two days ago was at .25 an now its at zero. My question is what do I do now? what should the trates be at? why was the cycle so short, is that good?
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How did you cycle it and what did you have in the tank? If you used stuff from established tanks the cycle would naturally be short. I'd give it another week with ammo and trites at 0 before I added any livestock just to be sure. Also, do a PWC to lower nitrates to under 20.
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On day 4 with live sand and rock my am was at 0 so I added a shrimp and 3 days after my am went up to .50 so I don't think the shrimp had nothing to do with the am spike
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And how much water do I take out??
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Old 06-09-2011, 11:53 PM   #5
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So did the shrimp do the cycle or the lr and ls do it, because 6 days is fast for a cycle right?
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:51 PM   #6
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What should my nitrates be at? I took out about 20-25% water out. when will the dust on my glass fall off? my sand has some brown on the edges whats that? Thanks

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its diatoms they will burn off after a couple weeks
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8 days with enough live rock and sand is okay not unheard of like previously stated hold off a week looks like u have a good amount of nitrates to consitute a cycled tank.. nitrates so be as low as possible mine always run between 5 to 10 between water changes i've seen it as high as 20 with no ill effects on coral and fish... but how much depends on fish only or reef? With fish I've read 40 is the limit with reefs low as u can go... do another water change see if it gets any lowet
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And the amount of diatoms would lead me to belive your good to go
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Old 06-10-2011, 03:10 PM   #10
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8 days with enough live rock and sand is okay not unheard of like previously stated hold off a week looks like u have a good amount of nitrates to consitute a cycled tank.. nitrates so be as low as possible mine always run between 5 to 10 between water changes i've seen it as high as 20 with no ill effects on coral and fish... but how much depends on fish only or reef? With fish I've read 40 is the limit with reefs low as u can go... do another water change see if it gets any lowet
So I'm good, I plan on having some inverts and fish, then in about two months add some coral
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