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Old 09-18-2013, 10:55 PM   #21
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What's wrong with API?
The basic saltwater kit is OK for cycling, but then put it away..... the API kits are nowhere near sensitive enough, especially the nitrate & phosphate tests. Recommend Hanna checkers, Red Sea or Salifert test kits.
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I'm currently working on the cycle. That's why I was curious, I see most people continually use them well through growing their reefs and future tests though. How often should I test during cycling?
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I tested daily just out of a mix of anxiousness & curiosity. I used Real Reef rock & a dead shrimp for the fishless method, and was cycled in 11 days.
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They can't even make their tube at a true 5ml for start, look at this? Not one test tube is at 5ml
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Use a syringe to fill your tubes!!!!
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Old 09-19-2013, 12:17 AM   #26
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Thanks a lot guys! I appreciate all the help. Quick question, I have strictly dry rock but added about a cup of "live" live sand from an established tank. I also added 1 small shrimp and half of another to help speed the cycle. During this time should my return pump and everything be on? Or can it remain off? Does the bacteria require oxygen?
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Thanks a lot guys! I appreciate all the help. Quick question, I have strictly dry rock but added about a cup of "live" live sand from an established tank. I also added 1 small shrimp and half of another to help speed the cycle. During this time should my return pump and everything be on? Or can it remain off? Does the bacteria require oxygen?
Yes very much oxygen
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Okay thanks. I had them off just for a little, I was trying to let the cloudy water settle. I turned everything back on before I went to bed.
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Yeah I thought about a little after ahahahaha. How long should I leave the raw shrimp before taking it out if the tank? And do you think any of the bacteria died with the tank being off for about 2 hours?
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