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Old 09-02-2004, 10:04 AM   #11
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Ya, I would go ahead and add some hermits, and snails. They will help your cause.
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Nooo.. not until the cycle has finished :P
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Thanks to everyone for their replies.

Re: Phosphates, I will need to check into methods of reducing those - I do use an RO unit (no DI) now.

Re: Flakes - haven't added any - I figure there is enough nutrients in there from the 70lbs of uncured tonga live rock as it is.

Re: Water Movement - I run a 1000gph (4100lph) pum in my sump with a HOB overflow on the rear right corner, and a single return head on the rear left corner. I added yesterday a zoomed rotating 228 PH which says its good for 290gph and stuck it to one of the side walls where hopefully it can do some good.


Cycle is still truckin' My n02 levels are slowing dropping but the n03 levels are sky-high - Should I wait until both n02 and n03 are gone before adding hermits/snails, or do I only need to wait until the n02 is gone? ** I am in no big rush and certainly do not wish to torture anything.**

In addition to the Tonga rock, I have an order 'on-hold' with LR.com for 40lbs of keys rock. I must say Mike has been very helpful and accomodating. We are going to wait and only add it to my existing setup when things level off.

Thanks again - This forum has been / continues to be very helpful.

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Once both ammonia and nitrites are undetectable, your cycle is complete. It's quite rare for nitrates to decrease as NNR will take some time to occur, if at all.. and so your foremost method of reducing these will be water changes. 25% or so should be changed at the end of the cycle, and then you're good to start adding the cleanup crew.
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