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Old 02-14-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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entering into week 3 of cycling is all ok ?

Hey Guys and Gals,

i have just started week 3 of cycling and i thought i would post my test results so far,

14/2

Nitrate - 0 ppm
Ammonia - 0.10
Ph - 8.1
Hydrometer - 1.020 (perfectly in the middle green section)
Temp - 27 degrees

i still have some diatom coverage on the crushed coral but all the research i have looked up says this is a good sign the cycling is doing its job,

ill try and post a couple pictures but im pretty Noob to all of this

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i should also add im still waiting for my 6 x 39w T5 HO light fitting to arrive as well as my Tunze 1800 ltr/ph wave make and Red Sea Prizim Protein Skimmer
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Did your ammoinia ever reach anything higher than .10? I'd prefer it was at least 3x higher than that at its peak. If it wasn't, I'd add more base rock (cheaper that way) and add a grocery store shrimp to help the cycle.
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It got to about double but not what I was expecting also noticed I have 2 small rocky looking crabs alive in there

This shrimp idea is it a must or do I give the tank another 2-3 weeks to cycle
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you may want to remove those crabs, they might not be good. and the diatoms are a good sign of a cycle happening
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You can add industrial grade ammonia (no other ingredients) instead of a shrimp, but you do want to get the ammonia level over 1 (even higher would be better).

Not much higher life will survive the higher ammonia levels, but after the cycle, there's an amazing amount of life coming out of LR.
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I'd be concerned that it went only as hish as .2 with that little bit of rock in there. if it were me, I'dd add more rock and cycle again. The cycle you've completed with that small amount of rock'd make me add only small fish very slowly and be concerned about more ammoina showing up.
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I still plan to let it cycle for another 3 weeks

If I put this prawn in does it start it all again ??

I'm new at this and not sure weather to keep it going as is
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Can you get any more right now? Base or LR.
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