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Old 01-14-2004, 04:48 PM   #1
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Cycling questions Newbie in distress

I have had my clownfish in for 5 days and already my tank is reading off. My ph is 8.4 Ammonia is 8.3 and nitrates are good at 0
I did cycle the tank with live bacteria (cycle brand) for 3 weeks before putting fish in. Im using Esi Low to lower the ph but it hasnt yet succeeded, what shall i do now, The fish are still swimming around happily, Do i need to add anything else or change some water?????

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8.4 is a fine ph for SW, don't sweat it. The problem is, if the only thing you used to cycle your tank was Cycle by Hagen, you didn't cycle your tank. The product does not live up to it's claims and your tank is cycling now that there is a source of nitrogenous waste in the tank.

Take the clown back, get a raw shrimp from the seafood counter at your grocer and put it in the tank, it will break down and the waste will cycle the tank. For more info on this method, follow the link in my sig to the articles section and look for it in the SW articles.


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Not to mention that even if that stuff lived up to its claims, three weeks without any source of wastes would surely crush the alleged population of bacteria created by the Cycle stuff.
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