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Old 02-12-2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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Cycling help

I have a question with cycling a new tank. I have a 55g saltwater tank with 50 pounds of base rock and about an inch of aragonite sand that i bought off someone from Craigslist. The sand was in their 125 saltwater tank. I've had the tank set up for about a month and I currently have a damsel in the tank for about a week now. I've been feeding him brine shrimp and been adding extra hoping to feed some bacteria that may be living in the tank?

My question is my tank currently set up to actually cycle or have I been wasting my time???? I've tested the water with API test kits and ammonia read .25. nitrites 0 and nitrates were about 10. An I headed in the right direction???

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You have an ammonia source. Now you will want to wait it out until the ammonia is zero and nitrite also has zeroed out.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:27 PM   #3
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Now I the ammonia source the waste produced from the damsel? Should I overfeed the fish? Or just feed him normal and be really patient? I just don't want to buy live rock because of the costs and because I just have a standard t5 light that couldn't sustain any life.
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What life are you referring to? A standard fixture can grow algae, and any other life you will find on live rock.
No. Don't overfeed the fish. He's having a hard enough time as it is suffering through that ammonia that's in there currently.
It's really best to remove the little guy and use an ammonia source like a piece of raw shrimp from the supermarket.
If you want to keep him, then just wait it out. Eventually the ammonia will subside. If the ammonia kills him, leave him in there and let him rot away. the larger the initial ammonia, the better bacteria colony you will build.
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The coraline algae that is one live rock from the store. From what I understand coraline algae needs a strong light source. Sorry for my ignorance, but the "good bacteria" is created from due to the ammonia source?
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Yes, bacteria is the end result of your cycle.
No, coralline algae will grow under almost any light source. You can grow it with a 23 watt energy saver bulb.
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Oh wow, I was not aware of that. I have a 48" 28 watt light strip. So maybe I'll check out my lfs for some live rock which would be beneficial anyways. Thanks so much for your help once again!!! You seem to really know fish!!!
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Definitely comments on all of my thread and is very helpful lol
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:39 PM   #10
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My nitrites have been through the roof for about a week and a half. Is this pretty normal? Is there anything I should do to try to speed it up? I'm in no rush I just want to ensure there is nothing I should be doing. I keep putting some frozen brine shrimp in the tank to feed the first set of bacteria and my ammonia has dropped to zero.
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