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Old 10-03-2008, 01:05 PM   #1
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Have my first readings...?

I set up my 75 gallon on Tuesday and just took my first readings. Can you give me an idea if I am on par in cycling? Salt is 1.024, pH is 8.2, ammonia is .25 and both Nitrate and Nitrites are 0. How often should i be testing while it is cycling? I haven't added anything yet, as I'm still debating the store shrimp. I used RO water, have LR and 60 lbs live sand. * Also, I am using bio-balls that are ( as far as I was told) about 4 years old. Will those specifically help me cycle faster?
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Sounds like your tank is OK...I'm still a beginner as well though. Keep an eye on your ammonia, it should go down then you should see your nitrite go up. As the nitrite goes down, then your nitrate should go up. That will let you know the good bacteria are doing their job.

I didn't use a shrimp to cycle my tank either, just the dead stuff from the LR, and it seemed to work.

Can't help you with the other stuff, sorry, and I don't know anything about bio-balls.
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The ammonia is going up which means your cycle is starting. You`ll see that rise and then go down and your nitrites will go up and then back down. When they are both at 0 then do a PWC to get your nitates down then you`ll be OK to start adding a CUC and some fish.
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Old 10-03-2008, 07:34 PM   #4
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CUC? Sorry, can't figure that one out. How high should the ammonia spike? How often should I be testing now ( only been 3 days since set up)?
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clean up crew. its different for different tanks. i never really knew when to test so i cant help there. but always test at the same time in the day to get better readings.
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Just test every couple days. For now only test for ammonia and Nitrites and nitrates.
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