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Old 06-20-2015, 08:40 PM   #1
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Fishless cycle question...

I am using a piece of cod about 2.5"1.5" as my ammonia source. Two days ago my readings where .25 ammonia, 3.5ppm nitrite, and 15ppm nitrates. Today I pulled out the pantyhose that the cod is in and the outside has a whitish gel on it. Any ideas on what this is?

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Sounds like it is doing what it is expected to, decomposing.
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:01 PM   #3
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Probably fungus. Sound like your cycle is underway with nitrites and nitrates already.
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Thanks, how long before it goes away? All my other cycled have used liquid ammonia as the ammonia source so this is all new to me.

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3-6 weeks depending on the ammonia source and if any actual live rock was used. Already having established bacteria will shorten the cycle time.
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I have 30 pounds of live rock, and if I go to the lfs tomorrow I might pick up a few more pounds.

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Sounds like you are well on your way

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