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Old 10-03-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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cycling question

i finally got my 40 gallon breeder set up, i have 20lbs base rock, 30lbs sand, 8 lbs live sand, 15lbs live rock. i put the live rock in 2 days ago and i checked my readings today, ammonia was 0ppm, nitrite 5.0ppm, nitrate, 20ppm. i thought the ammonia was supposed to spike first and i didnt see it spike. i am confused and dont know whats going on..lol

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the rock might not have enough dead matter on it to cause a spike. you might need to add some ammonia source, like a cocktail shrimp.
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