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Old 06-24-2007, 02:28 PM   #1
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Did I cycle?

Hey all, a couple weeks ago I put 1/2 of a raw shrimp into my 15 gallon nano tank. I tested the water for the first time today, and here are my readings:

ammonia= 0
nitrite= 0
nitrate= 20
pH=7.8

I wish I would have been less lazy about water testing over the past couple weeks, or at least tested at all! I still have the shrimp in my tank, can I just remove it, do a 75% water change, and add a coral or small fish? Thanks!
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Looks like you've cycled. Get the shrimp out and do the water change, but just add a fish at 1st. Coral probably will have to wait till the tank is established/stablilized a bit.

Also, add some marine buffer to get your pH up to 8.3 (after the water change obviously.) 7.8 is pretty low.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:03 PM   #3
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It certainly is possible. As suggested, remove the shrimp and do a 50% water change. Wait a few days and see if all levels remain good. If so, add your first fish (only one) and see how the tank reacts.
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Old 06-24-2007, 04:18 PM   #4
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Cool, I've got the water mixing right now.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:20 PM   #5
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I wish I would have been less lazy about water testing over the past couple weeks, or at least tested at all! I still have the shrimp in my tank, can I just remove it, do a 75% water change, and add a coral or small fish? Thanks!
You can't be lazy with a small tank, you need to stay on top of it things can go bad fast in small tanks. Once you add a fish I would test water daily for a few days to a week to make sure water parameters are holding.
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Old 06-24-2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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I haven't been lazy with small tanks. My 2.5 gallon is doing fine and has plenty of my attention. I just got lazy with testing the water in this new tank. There hasn't been anything in it except for a rotting shrimp.

When I started adding corals and then the goby to my other tank, I did test the water every single day, as I plan to do now. Please don't assume I am lazy with my tanks just because I didn't test the water until now with nothing but a shrimp in there.
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You had lr in the tank too if I remember. I agree that more then likely you are cycled. As long as you only add one fish a month you should be safe
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You said you were lazy So I did not Assume anything. And if you tested you would have known if you cycled or not. Thats why you test to keep track of a cycle so you know when its done or even started.
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Sorry, but I didn't say I was lazy in general, only that I hadn't tested the water and was surprised at my results today. I understand the point of testing water, but honestly I hadn't expected much to happen in just 10 days so it wasn't that big of a deal to me. I've spent a lot of time maintaining my other tanks this week. I just don't see how that translates into poor overall maintenance habits.
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