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Old 11-10-2014, 03:41 PM   #11
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That bacteria in the bottle I wouldn't trust it as you don't know how long its been since it was bottled , seen people use it than add fish everything was dead the next day , the short cuts are just to make money it don't mean they work , good old clear ammonia or raw shrimp would be my option to start the cycle
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Old 11-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #12
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I went with four pieces of live rock. Have the salinity right I just am trying to get the sand cloudiness out.

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I'm also using this as my ammonia source.

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I'm about to test the levels right now to see where we are at.


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i looked up the additive you are using as an ammonia source and it isn't a source of ammonia.it is an additive that eliminates ammonia.It states that it is beneficial bacteria that allows you to add fish immediately because is that source of beneficial bacteria that feeds on ammonia. You need to add a fresh dead shrimp or pure ammonia to start the nitrogen cycle if you do not have the amount of live rock the Mr. X talked about.The additive you bought will help speed up the cycle because it is the beneficial bacteria that results from cycling a tank I believe. Hope this helps.Good luck!
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Dry/Live Rock

Ah gotcha! All my rock is live rock and all my sand is live sand. I'm also getting 10lbs of dry rock tonight. I tested today and my ammonia is at 0.5 with no nitrites or nitrates.


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Ah gotcha! All my rock is live rock and all my sand is live sand. I'm also getting 10lbs of dry rock tonight. I tested today and my ammonia is at 0.5 with no nitrites or nitrates.


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Sounds like the the live rock started your cycle. Just keep testing once you see a spike in nitrite.Test for nitrate and continue testing ammonia and nitrite.When your ammonia and nitrites are zero add more ammonia to 3 ppm and if they go back down to zero in 24 hours your tank is cycled. Good luck!
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