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Old 10-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #11
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #12
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No, that is not a lucky thing...it is a biological process that works one way. Ammonia turns to nitrites, nitrites change to nitrates, nitrates hang around until removed by you through water changes or somewhat through using something like macro algae. The first two do disappear, nitrates do not.
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If you used all live rock you wouldnt see a cycle really. You could have some die off from transporting the rock but that would be minimal. This is how I setup a new tank myself. I add all live established rock, wait a few days and test. If there is no ammonia or nitrites then I consider it good to go. I;ve done this at least a dozen times all without incident.
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But what would explain the nitrates up at 40ppm, then suddenly drop to close to zero? I totally agree that using live rock and sand speeds things up.
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Sorry guys there may be something off with my nitrate test kit.weird..I had some strips laying around I used before my liquid kit and nitrate is at 30 ppm!
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Oh and the rest was still at 0. Its really hard to tell with ammonia because it gets cloudy but I think its more of a yellow than green
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I was looking at freshwater cards the ammonia is good.. dead snack at 0 I bottled some water though and am taking it to my LFS after class tonight for an outside test(just in case) I'm nervous lol
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Never hurts to get that second opinion.

IMO, I would ditch the strips. They are notorious for being inaccurate.
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I have the liquid test kit..I just had strips laying around from before my liquid test days..Lol
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Thinking back on it now my nitrate test may be defective..i never get any readings on my 8G. either, which i thought was weird.. ill have to pick up a new nitrate test tonight when im getiing my water tested. Does the nitrate test from freshwater not work for saltwater?
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