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Old 03-09-2011, 05:52 PM   #131
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What was the highest your ammonia got?
I want to say .5
Nitrites went no higher than .1
Nitrates got as high as 50

That's why I'm so confused about my cycle, I haven't seen any spikes but my tank has been running for over 3 months now.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:28 AM   #132
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is there any food/shrimp left in the tank right now..?? if so, i would suggest u to remove it....i have the same problem before...the thing that i did was added some bioring inside my sump...after a week, my ammonia reads 0...then i did PWC and remove out the biorings...just from my experience...and i knew that u dont have sump...
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:52 AM   #133
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I know your test kit is probably new but I am wondering after this length of time why it hasn't cycled or if the kit is bad. See if your LFS will test your water with a liquid kit. I know one of the ones in my area does but most use the strips.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:50 AM   #134
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is there any food/shrimp left in the tank right now..?? if so, i would suggest u to remove it....i have the same problem before...the thing that i did was added some bioring inside my sump...after a week, my ammonia reads 0...then i did PWC and remove out the biorings...just from my experience...and i knew that u dont have sump...
There is no shrimp or food in the tank. About a month ago I put a very little bit of flake food in to try to jump start a bio load, but I don't think that did anything.

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I know your test kit is probably new but I am wondering after this length of time why it hasn't cycled or if the kit is bad. See if your LFS will test your water with a liquid kit. I know one of the ones in my area does but most use the strips.
Yea I have a new test kit, it is not expired.

I went to two local stores, one used an API liquid kit, and got the same readings I did.

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Perhaps my liverock wasn't as cured as the person I got it from claimed it was. I'm still new to this so at the time I didn't know any better. (3 months ago I got 25lbs)

I will take pics for you guys shortly of my rock so I can get everyone opinion. I put the most colorful and dense pieces of rock in my canister filter ( I broke up the most dense pieces to maximize surface area)
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:29 PM   #135
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Nice rock work.

I don't know how much food you have put in your tank trying to cycle it but the canister filter might be contributing to the tank not cycling properly. Have you cleaned it and then do a test.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:40 PM   #137
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Nice rock work.

I don't know how much food you have put in your tank trying to cycle it but the canister filter might be contributing to the tank not cycling properly. Have you cleaned it and then do a test.
Thank you! I tried to set it up so my fish will always have places to swim under/ hide

I put a BB size of flake food in,

I set my canister filter up in the beginning of January, just cleaned it for the first time on Monday when I took out the balls and put liverock in. I suppose I should have cleaned it earlier.

The day or two after u cleaned it my nitrates went down dramatically.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:30 PM   #138
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I would take the live rock out of your canister filter. The colorful pieces may have been colorful because of light. I have had good results with Seachem - Matrix. Its a large gravel like substance, very pourus as well. I would jeep all the rock in the tank. Seachem makes a few different types of media, you should look into it, maybe try some combos. I do know though that the one called de-nitrate needs a very slow flow, less then 50 gph, so your canister is way too fast for that type. But there are a few others I know you can use. With time I'm sure that tank will be fine, it looks very nice as well good setup.
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nice work with your LR.....but its seem to be much for your tank...JMO
just clean your canister very well n remove the LR.....
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I wish I knew before hand, I feel all that rock I crushed up is a waste now.

I read in the past that liverock in a canister filter is one of the best things to put in it.
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Would it be best to leave it in my canister until I can get the material you suggest? Or take it out asap and leave just the carbon in there?
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