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Old 05-28-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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cycling this fast?

put my new live rock in yesterday afternoon and today at about 11 i tested for ammonia cuz im anxious and its off the charts has anyone seen this i got 40# keys what is the explanation for this thanx?
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Old 05-28-2005, 01:11 PM   #2
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also? how long does it take for hitchhikers to come out from where there hiding?
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Old 05-28-2005, 03:57 PM   #3
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can someone please get back to me on these two questions?
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:01 PM   #4
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You probably have alot of die off from the rock so the spike is normal. Just do a few water changes to keep the ammonia a little below 1 if you want to preserve the most life on the rock. With my keys rock the featherdusters started popping out as soon as the ammonia went to 0. When the cycle finished all the snails, spaghetti worms, nudibrances, crabs, etc started showing up. I got their gulf rock too and their gulf rock has more life on it. the keys rock has much better coraline though. It took about a week to fully cycle. I'm about 3 weeks in now and the rock looks great.
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If he is just starting his cycle he does not have to do a water change. Let the ammonia drop. THats why its called a cycle. Let it cycle out.
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well you have been rushing too much, there is No Short Cut , No easier way, No specialy recipe to make this cycle to be done faster than anyone else. If you want to be successful on salt water (even fresh water) aquarium, u got to learn to be patient. I can tell that you try to push everything forward by all the posts you started, but that won't help you.At this stage, wat you can do is sit and wait. We all know looking at the glass tank without anything in it is boring. But we have all been thru that stage. Now some of us have fantastic tank green blue red yellow watever color coral growing in it, it is all because we learn to wait and enjoy.
Btw, you won't have any hitchhikers for now, at least to be alive and healthy.The best bet on hitchhikers is a mature tank with good water condiction.
Maybe i sounds a bit harsh, but that is the basic advice you might hear from others.It will just do you good instead of harm =)
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im not rushing at all i have been sitting and waiting just have alot of curious questions that i needed to have answered i havent changed the water and if the cycle takes a long time then it takes a long time im very patient
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do a water change the 1st weekend about 10-20% then do another at 3rd weeks depend on your tank size, after u put in life stock you would ned to do at least once every 2weeks, if smaller than 20g, u might even need to do it every week just keep the water in good condiction
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can someone please get back to me on these two questions?
It had only been 3 hours since you posted the question... patience is key in this hobby.
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He seems to be just enthusiastic about getting started... Probably his first saltwater tank? And patience is a relative term...
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