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Old 02-18-2006, 12:24 PM   #1
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Cycle Update (Advice Please)

Hello, almost 3 weeks ago i started my cycle with a prawn...

After taking advice from those on the forum, i performed a 20% water change (taking water from the bottom of the tank) last night to try and lower my high nitrate levels... today, my levels are as follows:

PH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0.25
Nitrate: 160
Salt: 1.022
Temp: 25.5C

The only change i can see as a result of the water change is the PH being lowered from 8.2 to 7.8... and my salt level being restored to a better level.

With regards to the nitrate levels... someone please help me lower them.

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ur cycle is still in the process but i believe its almost over
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Excellent!! What do i need to see to know the cycle is complete?

A friend has offered some snails and hermit crabs, how much longer should i wait before thinking about adding these to the tank?

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I agree that the cycle is in progress. Be patient you`re almost there.
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I agree that the cycle is in progress. Be patient you`re almost there.
everyone keeps saying that... but what should i be looking for - what do i need to see?
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nitrite and ammonia will be at flat zero.
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Excellent - I'll keep an eye on the levels. I am still concerned about the high nitrate level...
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No need to worry about the high NO3 levels. Once NH3 and NO2 are at ZERO, you will see a dramatic spike in NO3. Once this happens do a large (40-50%) water change. I would be leary of adding any snails or crabs at the begining. They are scavengers and the needed food source will not be there yet. If you want to add some crabs and feed them that is okay, but I would not add any snails yet unless you have some algae in the tank. If you have a fish list picked out you can add ONE of the hardier fish from it and see how things go. Monitor water parameters daily and keep plenty of prepared SW on hand for waer changes. How big is the tank, do you have any LR?
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Hi there,

The tank is 35Gallons... there is currently 15Kg of live rock in the tank. With the liverock came loads of snails and so on... and the liverock over the time in the tank has become covered in algie which i believe the snails that are in the tank are currently feeding on... i have also recently noticed them moving to the glass at night.

If i were to add crabs - what should I use a food source - i obviously want to keep the tank as healthy as possible.

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