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Old 02-17-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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IM EXCITED!!!!! almost done??

After 17 days, could it be possible that my cycle is almost done???

Water Parameters:]

Ammonia- <0.25
Nitrite-<0.25 (seems to be that way. was higher, now its dark blue, light blue is zero:])
Nitrate- went to 0 from 20:]
pH- 7.8
Salinity- 1.020

Also, i've been reading that it is recommended to start the tank off with a cleanup crew after cycle and wait a week? If it's true, i'm wondering if i can get a watchman goby along with them? He is a bottom dweller and moderately sifts through sand
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:24 AM   #2
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Id wait until your ammonia hits 0 before you add anything imo. It seems to me that your still in your cycle maybe a week or so more to go? I'm still rather new to sw but had fw tanks my whole life. Hope this helps somewhat
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:28 AM   #3
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Id wait until your ammonia hits 0 before you add anything imo. It seems to me that your still in your cycle maybe a week or so more to go? I'm still rather new to sw but had fw tanks my whole life. Hope this helps somewhat
Thanks:] And yeah i know to wait until the ammonia and nitrite hit 0. really close though haha as for the clean up crew and goby question, that's for after cycle :P
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:32 AM   #4
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How big Is the tank?

After your cycle, the goby will be fine. CUC's don't add tremendously to the bioload so I don't see a reason to wait a week. What was the reason for that?
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:05 AM   #5
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How big Is the tank?

After your cycle, the goby will be fine. CUC's don't add tremendously to the bioload so I don't see a reason to wait a week. What was the reason for that?
My tank is 37 gallons. As for the clean up crew, yeah there was somr forum Here that I read in which someone recommended it so that the cuc would clean the tank a bit before putting fish
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i would raise that salinity up to .025-.026. add a bunch of crustaceans and gastropods only if you like them. they are not necessary.
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i would raise that salinity up to .025-.026. add a bunch of crustaceans and gastropods only if you like them. they are not necessary.
Should I raise the salinity now or wait until I do the big pwc?
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you could raise it up now or later, but just raise it before you get your livestock.
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you could raise it up now or later, but just raise it before you get your livestock.
In that case I'll do it during the pwc. I raised the temp to help the cycle and in doing so, a chunk of my water is missing due to evaporation :P
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raising the temp won't help the cycle. keep it steady and 78ish.
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