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Old 02-11-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Day 5 of cycle

Water looks clear, will do a water change on wednesday and then check the ph, nitrites and nitrates. When should I start putting live stock in it? I'm thinking I should start with snails and crabs...any advice
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It takes a while to add your livestock. Make sure you are testing your water parameters and just wait it out.
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Good read thank you...help get back in track with the, I have to be patient thing...
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It could be 2-6 weeks before your cycle is done. Dont really need to change the water right away. Just test. Mine took 2 weeks with already established rock. U can add a shrimp or something to get the cycle going. But patients is the key even though it sucks! For sure wait on adding anything. Its cruel to put them through that. What are your tank param and size?
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Don't do a water change until Nitrite & Ammonia reads 0

What are you cycling the tank with and what are your current parameters?
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My cycle took 5 weeks with 75 pounds of live rock. Just need to be patient. Wait it out and keep doing tests. Don't do a water change. The water will be fine after the ammonia spike.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:04 PM   #7
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I have 55 gallon tank. I test the water 3 days ago, but sorry, don't know what it all means yet lol please help see picture. There 80 # of dead rock and 60# of live sand in the tank today is day 7


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I do see green growing on the dead rocks and the water looks very clear and even have a small small small snail in there ... Please comment on the pictures

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I have 55 gallon tank. I test the water 3 days ago, but sorry, don't know what it all means yet lol please help see picture. There 80 # of dead rock and 60# of live sand in the tank today is day 7
It looks like your ammonia has started going up. That's good. You should see ammonia and nitrates go up and then drop back to see. Keep testing every day or every other day. The ammonia should continue to rise a little and then when everything drops back to 0, you're good to start adding fish.
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Middle pic on the reply above is of the snail...

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