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Old 09-14-2012, 05:07 PM   #31
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+1 on jumping the gun.
If your nitrates are 0 there's been no cycle. Adding fish is wrong IMO. And I don't like damsels, especially my 2 YT Damsels. Mean buggers. In a 20 they'll probably not let any other fish alone.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:18 AM   #32
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You obviously haven't read the posts properly. Who said anything about putting fish in now?

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Starting to get a nitrate reading but when the test colors show only between 0-5ppm as the first one it's hard to tell. There's deffo an orangy tinge there tho. But with hardly any ammonia there will
I even see the nitrates rise. Is there a rule of thumb for how many nitrates are produced to every 0.1 ammonia? Like my ammonia being 0.25 when that gets to 0 what will I expect the nitrates to be? 0.25 or more?
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:40 AM   #33
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Hey Piercy- I don't think there is a rule of thumb but it's a great question. The thing is, is that because if your live rock and the bacteria, you may never actually get a large ammonia spike. This is how I did it too, which is why I wanted to reply originally to your post. If you are seeing NITRATES, then your tank is converting ammonia. Nitrates also build slowly, which is why some cycles take weeks, even a month or more... Maybe check your water tests again today and post a pic of the results?
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I took a sample to the local fish store and there was nitrates and the ammonia was 0. So he said it was fine to start adding. So I got a flame back angel couple cleaner shrimp and hermit crabs. And couple corals. Came home done Water change then aclatised everything an they all seem to be loving there new home.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:02 PM   #35
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I mean fireball angelfish
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:47 PM   #36
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Yea!! It's so exciting to get new fish!!
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There a piccy I the set up and my first fishie. He's doing well eating everything off the rocks and the moving white dots from the back of the tank.
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That's a Beautiful fish! Solid first choice!
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How's the fish doin?
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Fine happy as larry. Just swimming all over the place eating all the algae off the rocks. Re tested the water again today and ammonia, nitrite and nitrates are at 0 still so will just keep an eye on it every day and if they begin to rise I have plenty of water to do wc with. But I don't think that will happen.
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