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Old 02-27-2006, 08:01 PM   #1
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Cycle started?

I am into day 3 of my new 30 gal tank. I put in 30lbs base rock and 15lbs LR, 30lbs Aragonite sand. I have not added anything else. Here is my test results for today.
salinity 1.021
PH 8.3
Nitrate 20
Nitrite .3
NH3 .3

I think the LR started the cycle. Will it be enough or will I still have to add something else to start cycle?
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:26 PM   #2
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It couldn't hurt to throw a shrimp in there. Also, you don't need to waste time and tests testing nitrates right now. Until your tank is nitrite free it's going to give you false readings for nitrates...
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:02 AM   #3
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Thanks for the advice. I will stop testing nitrates for now.
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:08 AM   #4
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I just started my 29 yesterday... I'm going to throw a shrimp in tomorrow as I wait for my LR I think, hoping to get a head start, if that is possible with out my LR in there...... I say throw a small cocktail shrimp in there to make sure, that way you KNOW you have enough to get your cycle going and it won't drag on and on and on.....

What are you planning on stocking in your 30g? I am curious... I can't seem to make up my mind. I'm thinking 2 percs, a pearly headed jawfish, a clown goby, a cleaner shrimp.... clean up crew and 40 lbs LR That's today anyhow.
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2 percs, a royal gramma, a yellow watchman goby, clean up crew. I bought 30 lbs base rock from hirocks.com and bought 15 lbs LR from LFS. I will probably buy one other small fish. I just don't know what. What are you getting for a clean up crew? It looks like the best deals are online.
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Old 02-28-2006, 06:59 PM   #6
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How much should I test? Is every other day ok? I know the cycle won't be done this quick. I don't see a reason to test every day.
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I tested once a week until it was near the end ( about wk 6), then i couldnt help bu test 2-3 times a week until it was done, lol.
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Day 5
SG 1.021
ph 8.3
Nitrite .3
nh3 .6

Starting to see featherdusters in LR.
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day 7
SG 1.022
ph 8.5
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day 9
SG 1.024
ph 8.5
Nitrite .3
nh3 .6

I am getting plenty of algae growth on rocks and sand bed. I guess that is a good sign.
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