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Old 09-18-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Cycling complete after 3 weeks?

Hi! Day 21! Week 3, and I've been testing my water for two days with the following readings :
Ammonia : 0
Nitrite : 0
Nitrates 10ppm
PH 8.2
Temp : 79F.

My ammonia never went over 0.50ppm, my nitrites never over 0.25ppm over the 3 weeks period.

It have 40g total volume of water, chaeto in the refugium with a deep sand bed, 25 lbs of live rock and 20 lbs of base rock. My skimmer has been running all the time. I put carbon in there too.

I used the shrimp method for the cycling.

I have beige algae growing on my glass. I saw a little white worm eating it (large like a hair, an inch long)

So I added a last shrimp yesterday, and keep I'll keep testing my water this week just to be sure but I think everything is ready. I'm a little worried. I was expecting this to take at least the double of time to cycle (6-8 weeks).

So what I plan to do is wait a week, keep testing my water, If the ammonia and Nitrites are still 0, and the Nitrates keep rising, I make a big water change (like 10-15g) then I add my first fishes?
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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That would be correct.
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Mine took about 3-4 weeks. I started 6 weeks before it ended cycling, but that is because I didnt know you needed an ammonia source Anyways, what will your first fish be?
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I'll make my wife and children happy with a pair of false percula 1st.
I plan to add a purple firefish, a randall goby and a coral beauty later, along with shrimps, hermits and snails of course.
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:27 AM   #6
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I'll make my wife and children happy with a pair of false percula 1st.
I plan to add a purple firefish, a randall goby and a coral beauty later, along with shrimps, hermits and snails of course.
I would not go with the coral beauty if you plan on going reef. All dwarf angelfish can eat corals. People have had them for years, and then one random night it wrecks havoc on your tank. Otherwise it looks good.
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Thanks for the advice. I plan to go reef, but not this year, or the next. If I do so, I'll just sale the coral beauty.
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Here's what I plan to do :
1 - Keep testing water everyday to make sure everything stays like this
2 - Thursday : Make a 10g water change.
3 - Friday or Saturday : Buy two false perculas, ask for lots of water
4 - Put the in my bucket with an airstone, use the drop per drop method for
2 hours,
5 - Add them to my tank!
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I get to attached to my fish to get rid of one. Catching the fish might mean having to take rock and it will stress the other fish. Think about finding a different besides the coral beauty if you are going to have a reef tank.
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Here's what I plan to do :
1 - Keep testing water everyday to make sure everything stays like this
2 - Thursday : Make a 10g water change.
3 - Friday or Saturday : Buy two false perculas, ask for lots of water
4 - Put the in my bucket with an airstone, use the drop per drop method for
2 hours,
5 - Add them to my tank!

Why would you ask for lots of water? That water from the LFS should never ever go into your tank no matter what.
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