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Old 03-03-2009, 04:51 PM   #11
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As Allen said dont worry about the PH during this time. After your cycle you can check it out then. I personally dont think you have given the shrimp enough time. Give it a few more days.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:21 PM   #12
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Sometimes it's taken a week for ammonia to become detectable when I've cycled. Give it a few more days. If after a week of that shrimp in there, if you still don't see any ammonia, I'd say for sure you're cycled.

{Edit: one thing about the nitrates... if you're using tap water, the nitrates you're seeing may have been in the water to start with, and may not be coming from the cycle. Testing a batch of new salt water would tell you if that's where they're coming from.}
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:32 PM   #13
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ya i will do that....im just confused why im seeing everything except ammonia...my nitrates were high now my nitrites had risen when i added the shrimp..
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its been more than 2 weeks since i added the uncured live rock....i just added the shrimp 2 days ago...for some reason my cycle is going backwards lol...im so confused...i guess ill just wait a couple days and test again
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Did you ever originally add ammonia or some kind of source for ammonia to start the cycle up? Sounds like in the first post you just added the live rock and that was all?
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Did you ever originally add ammonia or some kind of source for ammonia to start the cycle up? Sounds like in the first post you just added the live rock and that was all?
You can cycle a tank with uncured LR.

I agree with Mike and Kurt, give it a few more days and lets see what numbers you get.
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okay ill test in a few days and let you guys know the results, thanx.
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No it is not. Your tank will be fully cycled when your parameters are as follows.
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrates 10-40
40 ppm nitrates are on the higher end a partial water change will help keep your nitrates down. You dont want to see any ammonia or nitrite. Your cycle will be finished when your nitrites are fully converted into nitrates.
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my ammonia and nitrites were 0 and my nitrates were 20 until i added the raw shrimp...then my nitrites increased...thats why im confused
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oops didnt see the second page I was answering to the first. Yea your nitrites will come down. I would assume that you are just building up more nitrifying bacteria. Think of it as adding another layer in your case. What you did was you overloaded the ammonia levels causing your nitrates to back up in a sense. Your overload was quickly converted into nitrites and those will soon go down too.
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