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Old 11-17-2015, 11:17 AM   #1
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Cycling my tank

My tank has been up and running for about 3-4 weeks. How do I know when it is finished cycling? Algae has started to grow in some places. When do I need to add the clean up crew.
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I'm guessing if there's algae you leave the lights on? You don't need to have the lights on during a cycle as I'm sure this is just an empty tank right now.

do you have a test kit?


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You can't be sure if it's cycled unless you test the water with a decent liquid test kit.


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I thought once algae starts it means the cycling process is ending?
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I thought once algae starts it means the cycling process is ending?

Never even heard of that?

You need a test kit for actual numbers to know where you are. Have you been adding an ammonia source?


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Never even heard of that?

You need a test kit for actual numbers to know where you are. Have you been adding an ammonia source?


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Yes I have used raw shrimp

Okay so you got the cycle going.

You need a liquid test kit so you can get actual numbers to know where you are.


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You have done the right thing by connecting to this forum. You will learn a lot especially from experienced saltwater enthusiast. You can find helpful information from my feed: Started a 125 Gallon Salt Water Reef Tank

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I have completed my 6 week cycle today. I have no algae build up and my water is crystal clear. I did not have my light on during the cycle.
My Nitrate are around 20-30ppm. I am working at getting that down. pH: 8.1, Ammonia: 0ppm and Nitrite: 0ppm. I can convert both in less than 24 hrs. If you do the fishless cycle you can monitor both and make sure you can convert for example 4ppm of Ammonia to Nitrite in 24hrs or less.

You may need to do big water changes to bring down Nitrate and Phosphates levels.
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