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Old 06-14-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Unhappy Hello NEED HELP PLEASE!!!!!

Okay so some background info, I started cycling my nano SW tank since saturday 6/9/12, I am using the shrimp sit there and rot method, and some purple bottle stuff called BIO-SPIRA.

Hardware on the Tank:
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40lbs of LR
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So the help I need is with my regardings taken 6/13/12 today.
High PH : 7.8
Amonia: .25
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 40
Hydrometer reading 1.020

The tank has about 6-8 shrimp rotting inside a nylon, IDK if thats to much or what so I guess I need some help with how my general tank so far is doing.

I also plan to put in LR by friday and monitor the parameters for the next 5 days or so.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:23 AM   #2
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Arrow Need help please!!!!!

Okay so some background info, I started cycling my nano SW tank since saturday 6/9/12, I am using the shrimp sit there and rot method, and some purple bottle stuff called BIO-SPIRA.

Hardware on the Tank:
Fluval 206
40lbs of LR
T5Light

So the help I need is with my regardings taken 6/13/12 today.
High PH : 7.8
Amonia: .25
Nitrite: .25
Nitrate: 40
Hydrometer reading 1.020

The tank has about 6-8 shrimp rotting inside a nylon, IDK if thats to much or what so I guess I need some help with how my general tank so far is doing.

I also plan to put in LR by friday and monitor the parameters for the next 5 days or so.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
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What size is your tank? I used 1 shrimp for my 60g. Pulled it out after a week. Tank cycled in about 4 weeks.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:56 AM   #4
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its a 30g, I had a full set up before I moved but I was given that one rather than started from scratch, so i know how to keep parameters at level just not how to start cycling my tank.....lol IDK if that makes sense.
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I would take out all the shrimp at this point and let it do it's thing. It will cycle faster at 84-85f. Keep lights off and water moving give it a few weeks. No water changes at all until ammonia and trites are 0 and you have Trates. expect a month wait. The live rock will help speed it up a little.
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I would take out all the shrimp at this point and let it do it's thing. It will cycle faster at 84-85f. Keep lights off and water moving give it a few weeks. No water changes at all until ammonia and trites are 0 and you have Trates. expect a month wait. The live rock will help speed it up a little.
I agree with taking the shrimp out at this point. However the OP has a complete nitrogen cycle. Doing a water change at this point would not harm anything and allow you to start reducing the nitrates that are accumulating. Adding live rock in a few days will only exacerbate and prolong the cycle anyways.
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Welcome to AA. I have moved your thread to SW getting started.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:57 AM   #8
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Grats on starting up a SW tank. The best advice that can be given to you is to be patient. It takes lots of time for this hobby. It is going to end up taking you around a month to get your tank cycled. While you are monitoring your cycle, take this time to research what you want to put into your tank. Will you be doing a reef or fish only setup? How large is your tank? You will want to have 1-1.5 lbs of LR in your tank per gallon. The same applies for sand.

Once you decide what your tank is going to be, we can help you from there.
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That's way too many shrimp. One is enough to get the cycle going.
Also raise your salinity. Natural seawater is 1.026.
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The live rock should be in the tank while it's cycling.
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