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Old 10-11-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Cycling- Not sure if I have enough ammonia

Hi all,

I am only on day 3. I did an initial reading and it was .25.
I am using a skimmer and live rock only.

Remember though my cured live rock was left out of water for about 24 hours because I had a problem with my skimmer.

So I'm sure I had die of as a result of the LR but is it enough? Do I need a shrimp too?

The water is crystal clear and does not smell.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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I'm a freshy and know for fresh water you should get the ammonia up to about 4ppm. I am not sure if there is a difference for salt water or not (most likely their is).

I know there has to be an article or two on it here, but at the same time better to get advice from a few different people.
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You want to use 1 jumbo shrimp, raw unseasoned per 30 gallons.
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Old 10-11-2009, 11:45 AM   #4
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Thanks, will pick them up today.
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You really don't have to run the skimmer during the cycle unless you are trying to break it in.
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And with shrimp, I don't think you'll have to use ammonia any more.
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