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Old 01-26-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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First Test New Tank

After two weeks of the tank running from new here are the first results from the first test

Ammonia - 1.2
Nitrite - 0.8
Nitrate - 5

I was thinking of adding the live rock this weekend what are your thoughts please I am so new to all of this.

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Old 01-26-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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You could have added the live rock from the start it would have jump started the cycle more and added more surface area for you BB
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What is "running"? Sand in there? Any rocks? I'm wondering what's the source of the ammonia.

Sounds like you need to refer to our articles section on Cycling a SW tank. Might need to just add your rock and cycle the tank. Not sure what "running" means.
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The advise I was given was to let it cycle for 2 weeks with just the live sand. Is it ok to put the rocks in this weekend? Are those levels normal at this stage?
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What is "running"? Sand in there? Any rocks? I'm wondering what's the source of the ammonia.

Sounds like you need to refer to our articles section on Cycling a SW tank. Might need to just add your rock and cycle the tank. Not sure what "running" means.
Sorry running basically meant plugged into the power .
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You will pretty much want your tank finished just without livestock for cycling so all your filtration and pumps running with all rock and sand added

Edit* Like Austinsdad Sed your best bet is going back and reading up on SW cycling
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I have read it and although I understand the process and know my tank is no where near cycled. I will be adding the rock this weekend and testing again and again before I put fish anywhere near it or my clean up crew.
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If its no where near cycled, add the rock and cycle it.
Also you said yuo let it cycle for 2 weeks. How? What is the ammonia source?
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If its no where near cycled, add the rock and cycle it.
Also you said yuo let it cycle for 2 weeks. How? What is the ammonia source?
I was told that initial 2 weeks was to condition and test the new tank (when I say new I mean never used before) and filters, bio balls, skimmer etc. then start the cycle with cured live rock I am now at the part where I add the rock but tested out of curiosity and the fact my tester turned up. I was surprised to see any ammonia in the tank unless it came from the live sand as I have no other source in the tank apart from my hand from time to time.

I will stick the rocks in on Sunday and then leave it a few days and test again to see of the process has started. If anyone has any advise or words of wisdom from experience I am happy to learn.
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I'd put the rock in, read tha article I suggested and add grocery store shrimp to cycle.

I'm concerned about what you said you were told above. I wouldn't listen to that source much anymore if I were you. "Live sand" is not enuf to cycle your tank.
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