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Old 03-25-2012, 01:56 AM   #281
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Fun isn't it. The first year is probably the most exciting with all the new growth that seems to come from nowhere.
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:30 PM   #282
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Ok, got my SW mixed and heated. Now just waiting on nitrites...

Anyone think I need to throw another shrimp in there to keep the magic going, or will the nitrites drop soon enough in the next few days to where I can just do a water change a few days after that and call it good?
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If there's anything left no need to add more. I would not add another shrimp at this point. A pinch of flake food, maybe, though I don't normally keep flake food on hand (phosphates).
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I think you need another shrimp because you need ammonia and nitrite to drop to 0 in 24hrs
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Well, nitrites are still holding steady at around 1ppm. Diatoms are receding already which is good I guess.

I hope this thing turns around in the next day or two. Was really hoping to get some life in this tank this coming weekend...
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As of early this morning, nitrites are 0!! Did a large water change this afternoon...

Nitrates are fairly high as of now, somewhere around 30-40ppm I would say. Should I do another large water change to get that down, or will it start to come down on its own as anaerobic bacteria continue to grow?

Now to head to the fish store and buy 12-14 fish and a dozen corals...
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NICE! Glad to hear your cycle is coming along nicely. I've heard it both ways, that some people actually dose up ammonia again and make sure it drops to 0ppm in 24 hours, and I've heard some just do the big PWC's until the trates drop and off they go.

Make sure you take lots of pictures of your completely overstocked, tang-filled, SPS dominate tank!
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+1 a large pwc will drop those nitrates. You could dose ammonia again to see how long things take to hit 0. Sounds to me like you are done or very close to being done. I know you were hoping tor livestock, but I'd wait til next weekend to be safe.
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There is a constant supply of ammonia in the tank in the form of a rotting shrimp. All will go into quarantine for a week anyway with some media I have in the sump, so nothing added to the DT till next weekend.
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There is a constant supply of ammonia in the tank in the form of a rotting shrimp. All will go into quarantine for a week anyway with some media I have in the sump, so nothing added to the DT till next weekend.
Well drop in some shrimp if you don't have any now so your BB doesn't starve.
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