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Old 10-25-2009, 02:03 AM   #1
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Cycling issues.

so i just started a new SW tank 2 days ago and i added my live rock yesturday and i just tested my water today and

Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20ppm
Salinity - 1.024
PH was around 8.3-8.4

does that mean the live rock i bought was cycled? :0

and i have a completely cycles tank? lol
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:13 AM   #2
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Most likely not. Even with cured rock, I wouldn't expect nitrates of 20ppm after only two days. Have you put an ammonia source in yet?

Have you tested your source water that you used to fill the tank with to see what the nitrate level of that is?
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Old 10-25-2009, 02:15 AM   #3
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i used RO water at my LFS and no i didnt put a ammonia source because i would think my live rock would be the source due to the die offs?
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i tested my RO water at home and my tap water also and it was also 0 nitrate :0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Well, I would add an ammonia source just to check. If it came from a LFS, its possible.
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Add some food and see if you get an ammonia reading.
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how Much food? And how long should I wait? To check?
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I would say more than a pinch and wait about 3-4 days.
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