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Old 06-14-2012, 11:47 AM   #11
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okay a little update, so this morning took out all of the shrimp left a single one, checked my parameters again and the results are this:

amonia .25-.50 cant really tell the color of the green

nitrite: 2.0

nitrate: 20ppm

hydrometer reading G29 S1.021

another thing water temp about 80-84 for bacterial grotwh

I was told yesterday by my LFS to add the live rock so as I am posting I am awaiting 25lbs of LR, I do not know if it is going to help cycle my tank.

by the way its just a 30gallon (Fish only)

thanks for all the replies I am eager to get this tank going.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:01 PM   #12
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It's not going to really help cycle the tank but that is your main surface area for the bacteria to grow on.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:10 PM   #13
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Don't add anything until you get your rock in your tank and your ammonia and nitrite levels are 0. Do water changes afterwards to keep nitrates below 20.
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Was your hydro reading corrected? The tank is warm and will cause the reading to be slightly lower.
Here is the calculators I use
http://www.hamzasreef.com/Contents/Calculators/
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:44 PM   #15
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ok so I didi another reading once again
ammonia is still at .25
Nitrite is at 2.0 or 5.0 couldn't really tell the color
nitrate is at 40-8-0 shrimp are out so i do not know what could be degrading my water. (the water also is not tap it is distilled because I wanted to start out clean but at the same time there was a premix from my previous tank of 5g seeded water)
I also did a 20% H2O change

Hydrometer reading now was @30 1.022

the reading where done after the change.
My LR is supposed to arrive tomorrow IDK if this will offset my tank even more.
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #16
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Take out the shrimp, no need for it anymore. If you keep feeding the cycle you are going to end up with a crap load of nitrates and phosphates, and in turn you will have one heck of an algae bloom. Also sand and rock will absorb this and release it in the future causing problems. Take out shrimp and do partial water change.
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:24 AM   #17
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like i said previously the shrimp have been out for about 30hrs or so right now what i was thinking of doing was a 25-40% h2O change, to lower my nitrates, but also getting it ready for my LR tomorrow, IDK my other SW was never this much of a problem, but also my last reading for the day showed

ammonia .25 idk y it wont move up or down
nitrite 40.
nitrate 40.

with these parameters i will be lucky if my LR tomorrow doesn't die instantly with the quality of that water
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Chill dude (had to say that).
You just started your cycle and the stuff you added only helped nudge your bacteria along. They still need to get established in the tank. Put the LR in and keep an eye on things. Some of the stuff on the rocks may even die but not much. With those nitrite readings you should be ok with a pwc being done and still having the nitrites you need to feed the rest of the cycle. But it still should take a couple weeks before your tank is fully ready. And you may need to add amm again once the levels hit 0
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Even with my shrimp out for 3 weeks, my trites still climbed. So expect the same. Ammonia up then down, trites up, then down (4 weeks later), Trates up, water change.

I am only in this hobby 4 months now, and still a huge newbie. I've kept FW for years and it is alike. Patients is key and that is it! I can't wait to see pics of your setup when it's all said and done!
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