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Old 03-02-2006, 12:53 PM   #1
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Day 2 of cycle with one raw shrimp...

and my water is still cloudy. Is this normal?

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Old 03-02-2006, 01:06 PM   #2
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what's on your bottom? Sand? Crushed Coral?

In any event, I wouldn't sweat it. I'd just be checking the water to see the ammonia spike, then nitrite spike, the niitrate spike, then do a big PWC.

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what's on your bottom? Sand? Crushed Coral?

In any event, I wouldn't sweat it. I'd just be checking the water to see the ammonia spike, then nitrite spike, the niitrate spike, then do a big PWC.

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Did you put a raw shripm i nthe tank with no live sand or rock in it????


If you did then it is jsut festerign in there. In order to get a cycle going you need to have somehting in the tank where bacteria can colinize and start the cycle. That mean you need the live rock in there or you need some type of filtration that will allow a biological filter to build up.
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Jasno is correct. You need something in there for the bacteria to grow on.
I would really just wait and toss a shrimp in there when you got your live rock

Good luck and keep us posted.... post a pic with your LR in it
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Yes I second what they are saying. Put it all in there at the same time.
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Hey, thanks a lot for all the advice--

Yeah--I put the shrimp in alone with just a small filter running and 2 powerheads. Today I finally got my first delivery of LR and LS from Tampa Bay Saltwater.

Water is still cloudy after adding the rock and sand.

How long will it take to clear up?

Ammonia is to over 1.0 ppm. I need to do a lot of water changes to get the ammonia down.
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That spike is part of the cycle. Dont do any water changes or it will take longer.
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The full cycle can take a month. Let it run its course.
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Here is that same tank today with 4 pieces of rock and crushed coral--still really cloudy.



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