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Old 04-07-2010, 10:18 AM   #1
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I am new to the group. I am currently setting up a 75 gallon salt water aquarium. I am in the process of cycling the tank. I have over 100 pounds of live rock with 60 pounds of live sand as my substrate along with 15 pounds of argonite. I have a marineland c360 canister filter. I just added two raw shrimp to my tank a couple of days ago. At least nothing on my marineland test kit color chart. I went to test for ammonia levels and it came back with nothing. I figured I would have some traces of ammonia since I just added the raw shrimp. Should I add more raw shrimp to the aquarium or should I go out an buy some pure ammonia. I was also wondering should I run the canister filter during the cycling process. Thanks
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I don't think I'd run the filter now. What about the origin of the rock? If cured already and from an established tank, it may absorb the shrimp ammonia.

Two days should have caused something by now I'm thinking. What kinda test kit you using?

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Old 04-07-2010, 12:04 PM   #4
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The live rock was not from an established tank

I purchased it from liverocknreef and put it directly into my tank for cycling purposes. I am using a API saltwater master test kit I bought from petsmart. I really don't like it especially the ph test. The ammonia test shows a light gray color that does not correspond with anything on the color chart. Thanks for your replys
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So was the rock mailed to you or picked up from that place out of a tank of water?
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It was mailed to me

It came straght from the ocean. I didn't bother to cure because I was going to use it to establish my tank. I am just curious of why am I not getting any ammonia readings from my api test kit. Should I add couple more raw shrimp or purchase some pure ammonia/
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I`m going to move this thread to the SW getting started forum. You`ll get more answers there.
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What austindad is trying to find out is If your liverock is cured or uncured. Two shrimp is more then enough. Rinse the vial really good and test again for ammonia.
What temp. is your tank at?
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It was uncured

The temperature of my tank is at 80 degrees. I did wash out the test tubes each time with RO water.
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The temperature of my tank is at 80 degrees. I did wash out the test tubes each time with RO water.
I asked about the temp. because if your tank is cold then the biological developement is much slower. 80 degrees is perfect. Try giving it another day and repost your parameters again for us.
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