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Old 11-29-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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Cycling issue

Well i am cycling and I cannot get my ammonia up, the highest it has gotten is 1ppm, then it drops back to .5ppm or less. What would be a good way to increase the ammonia? I have a damsel that if I have to I can return today in order to get a larger ammonia spike then this. its a 25 gallon tank with 20lbs of base rock, 14lbs of live rock, and 20lbs of live sand.

Should I get rid of the damsel and toss a raw shrimp in the tank? the only problem is when I tried to do that before the pest crab thats in my live rock ate it...maybe Ill put the shrimp in a glass that way if he does eat it ill at least catch him.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:36 PM   #2
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I put the shrimp in a glass and put it in the tank. hope it works for me.
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:49 PM   #3
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should I leave the shell on the shrimp? I peeled it but have plenty more I could put in if the shell helps the ammonia spike
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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put the shimp in the tank one peeled one unpeeled last night and my ammonia has only gone up .5 from .25 is it just not decomposing quite yet? whats the deal?
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Cycling a new tank takes time. If your rock was live as in fresh from someones tank you might see much of a cycle if it is mostly base rock it will take awhile to cycle. I know it isn't much fun watching an empty tank but it is best.

Good luck catching that pest crab.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:08 PM   #6
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well I got rid of the damsel yesterday I dont really care that I have to look at an empty tank I just want to get the cycle process going and ammonia is the first step. I have fishless cycled 4 FW tanks and each one of them acted completely different during its cycle. Im just looking for the most effective cycling method.
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It took a couple of days before my ammonia went up and I have a very similar setup. Also, one shrimp should suffice; two might take forever. I'm almost two weeks into my cycle and it does seem like it is taking forever. Have serious NTS!
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:55 PM   #8
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Im taking them out now, it hit 4PPM and that should be good id think
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You just need to have some patience honestly. SW is a whole different ball game than FW tanks. How much LR do you have in the tank? how deep is your sand bed? Is all your rock and sand live? Damsels are a great way to cycle the tank just drop a coup,e of the buggers in there and feed them everyday and ususally within a week you should have a ammonia spike and within a month or so it should be completely cycled.

Also what does your filtration system look like, what all are you running?
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You are supposed to leave the shrimp in the tank. If you take it out now your system will not create a proper amount of bacteria to deal with the bioload from the fish. It takes time for the bacteria to multiply so put one shrimp back in, measure your levels, and in a couple of weeks it should be ready. Patience is the name of the game
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