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Old 04-16-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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So I have a 55g tank and I am curing my LR and cycling my tank at the same time. I have two heaters and a powerhead on for 3 weeks now. I bought my 90lbs of LR online. My nitrates and nitrite levels are so high I can't read them. Is that good? I do about 2 water changes of 50% every week. I recently added live sand to my tank a few days ago and now there is a thin layer of light brown sludge on my tank. How can I get rid of this? Also my tank water is a light green color when my lights are turned off, any solution to this? Any input helps. Thanks.
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keep your lights off,you will cause algae problems.What ammonia source did you use and how much
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I didn't use any ammonia source. I was told that if I cure LR in the tank I wouldn't need to put ammonia in it
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Can I add a cuc yet?
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you may find all the die off from your LR was the source.dont add any cuc until trites are 0.Are you using liquid test kits?
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No CUC yet. The high nitrites will kill them. As mentioned above keep your lights off. Also dont do PWC`s. Let the ammonia and nitrites come down to 0 and then do a 33% PWC and then you`ll be OK for a CUC.
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Ok thanks. And no I'm using a strip test kit. Should I add raw shrimp?
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no you dont need to it looks like your cycle is coming along your at the home stretch your nitrites will drop overnight to 0 like mine did it happens rather quickly once they start dropping
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My nitrates and nitrites levels just dropped!!! Now do I add fish first or a cuc?
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How did your nitrates drop? ammonia and nitrites are usually the only two that drop during a cycle unless you have some kind of plant growth to take care of the nitrate. I believe on a new tank, the most efficient way to lower nitrate is water changes.

how is your ammonia level? just being curious because I don't want to tell you to add something and have it die
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