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Old 05-03-2005, 10:09 PM   #1
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cycling almost over?

All my readings are reading zero.. ph at 8.2 should I go ahead and get my last 40lbs of LR.. and maybe some fish and inverts in a couple weeks? My cycling has been goin on for almost 3 weeks now.. decaying shrimp still there..
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Old 05-03-2005, 10:42 PM   #2
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All readings are zero, no nitrates? Did you do any water changes?

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And make sure the lr is fully cured or it will start another ammonia spike.
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no water changes... I have 11lbs of lr 30lbs dr(prolly lr now) and 60lbs of ls...
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Oh.. and MILLIONS of pods.. a bristle worm, a chiton.. some hydroids.. all were not seen until just a couple of days ago..seems like my lr was hiding alot from me..
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I also have a wet/dry sump combo..just got my refractometer yesterday.. LOVE IT!!
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How can you cycle without nitrates? Steve-s is that possible? I thought the nitrite had to turn into nitrate to complete the cycle.
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nitrates were up the other day.. today.. nothing
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Old 05-03-2005, 11:03 PM   #9
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that's why I'm confused.. all my readings are zero.. now.. ammonia could be between o and o.25.. but I think it looked more like zero..the color card has much ambiguity surrounding it..
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Nitrate could be converted to nitrogen gas by other bacteria in the lr and ls, but I would still expect to see at least a little NO3, I also thought it took a while for the nitrate eating bacteria to set up shop.
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