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Old 08-06-2011, 08:06 PM   #31
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Everyone please don't hate me for cycling with a fish oh and I almost forgot added some water from his personal reef tank that was with the live rock he said that would at least help get some bacteria in there
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:13 PM   #32
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Hey, it's your tank and your money. Just hope it's a quick cycle. Don't feed into the LFS hype though. They usually want the $$ that's why they encourage fish in cycles. Also, there is no benificial bacteria in the water itself. It isn't free floating. It's on the Live Rock and Substrate. Just test regularly and hope for the best for your new inhabitant.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:15 PM   #33
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You should've told him to give you some rock from his personal reef tank, instead of water. That would definately have some good bacteria!
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Old 08-07-2011, 11:28 AM   #34
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Well I bought some rock from the reef tank.
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Old 08-09-2011, 06:47 PM   #35
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Well today I checked the tests on my tank. Ph is 8.3 ammo is 5-6ppm nitrites are 1.0 ppm and nitrates are at 10ppm the process has started I'm so excited and my salt is 1.023
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:59 AM   #36
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Ok so the ammo is .50ppm the Trites are 5.0 ppm and trates are 40 ppm ph is a steady 8.3. Is this normal to see those kind of spikes?
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Old 08-13-2011, 12:32 PM   #37
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Ok so the ammo is .50ppm the Trites are 5.0 ppm and trates are 40 ppm ph is a steady 8.3. Is this normal to see those kind of spikes?
Looks pretty normal to me. You AM changed to Nitrite which is why it came down some, the Nitrite changed to Nitrate which is why the trite came down but the trate went up. That is the normal cycle. Once the BB are well established they should keep the AM and Nitrite at 0 but your Nitrate will alwasy be klimbing up. That means everything is working like it should. Your part is to keep the Nitrate at 20 or lower by doing PWC (partial water changes). That is the only way to get the Nitrate out of the system.
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:39 PM   #38
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So yesterday ammo at 0 nitrites at 0 and nitrates at 40 did a water change of 10 gallons and gone see about putting some fish in tonight. When my wife gets home she wants to reward me by buying fish she wants. Lol I guess it's a reward since there will finally be fish? But anyways couldn't have done it without you guys on aa. Thanks everyone
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