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Old 05-09-2014, 08:01 PM   #1
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Ok I'm kinda at a loss. I've had my 20g cycling for two weeks. I just checked my levels and it's saying
Ph-7.8
Am-0
Nitrites-0
Nitrates-10
All of these are done with the API test. I have 20lbs live rock and 20lbs live sand in my tank. Is it possible to cycle that fast? If so how do I do the last ammonia check?
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Ok I'm kinda at a loss. I've had my 20g cycling for two weeks. I just checked my levels and it's saying
Ph-7.8
Am-0
Nitrites-0
Nitrates-10
All of these are done with the API test. I have 20lbs live rock and 20lbs live sand in my tank. Is it possible to cycle that fast? If so how do I do the last ammonia check?
if everythings live then sure. do a water change, then dose with ammonia and see if it turns fully into trates in 24 hours.
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Ok. I have a bottle of ammonia. How much do I put in so I don't over do it
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You want to dose it to 4ppm if you're hard cycling.
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Ok I'm new to this. What is hard cycling?
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Ok I'm new to this. What is hard cycling?

It's the method your using. Don't worry about it right now.
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if you used cured live rock sure you could cycle fairly quickly
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:14 AM   #8
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For adding ammonia it's a simple calc

20g = 80litres or 80,000 ml
1 ppm of that is .08ml
4 ppm is .32ml of pure ammonia.
Of course pure ammonia is impossible to add because it is a gas at room temp and standard pressure. So bottled ammonia is dissolved in water to about 8% (for my Old Country ammonia). So you need 4ml of that to get .32 ml of ammonia. That's just about 3/4 tsp. add half and wait for it to mix and check level. You should need the other half to get to 4ppm. Then wait 24 hrs and check again. If ammonia and nitrite are both 0 yer dun.
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Ok sounds good. I think I'm going to wait for my weekend to do it so I have more time. Thanks
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No dont put amonia in the tank if you have nitrates

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