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Old 04-09-2005, 12:37 AM   #1
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cycling help ???

My 55 gal fowlr is cycling with a shrimp, 120 lbs (not live sand), 15 lbs. lr, and 15 lbs. of base rock. I have running 2 powerheads, and 1 bio wheel 400. I have not turnd my protein skimmer on yet. My question is with the tests i'm taking.
Day:2
time:11:20 pm
temp: 79
salinety: 1.021
ph: 8.6
ammonia:1.0
nitrite: 0.5
Cycling ok ?
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Old 04-09-2005, 12:50 AM   #2
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I'm using the Red Sea Marine Lab...
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:23 AM   #3
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The cycle is started. Cycling can keep your numbers a little crazy but keep an eye on the pH. The 8.6 is a little high for my preference.
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After the cycle and I do my water change and if it's still high what should I do ?
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Old 04-09-2005, 05:22 AM   #5
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i would raise salt to 1024...ank keep an eye on that ammonia..
other than that ...just leave it )
ps..i dont like the bio wheel (better with a DSB)
a good external filter for a tank that size is a must )
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I have a DSB. I'll go raise the salt a little right now.
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Old 04-10-2005, 08:54 AM   #7
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with a DSB..u dont need a biowheel ..
but will do it no harm.....if you decide to go with any corals later...take it out )
IMO, using the wheels with a DSB is counterproductive in that it deprives the DSB (and its development) of ammonia and nitrites and produces nitrates removed from the lower, nitrate reduction layers of the DSB, where they can become more problematic before being reduced to N2.
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My ph during the day is 8.2 and at it rises to 8.4 at night. Normal ?
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after the lights being off all night the oxygen in the water is lowered which in turn reduces the pH. As the day progresses the oxygen is replenished allowing the pH to rise back up throughout the day.
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But mine is opposite, or maybe its going down cause it was really high when i fist set it up.
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