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Old 02-04-2006, 07:20 PM   #1
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Long initial cycle?

Well, I'm 28 days into my initial cycle. My levels are still off the chart and they don't seeem to be moving up or down. I used the fresh shrimp method but removed the shrimp about 10 days ago on advice from this board.

Tank is 100 gal. SP 1.024, water temp 78°F, decent circulation, cannister filter, cheapie coralife lights on about 14 hours a day. No RODI (yet) just tap water treated with a de-chlorinator.

Here are some recent results.

Ammonia 4.0
Nitrite 2.0
Nitrate 7.0
PH 7.9

2-4-06 (today)
Ammonia 4.0
Nitrite 2.0
Nitrate 7.0
PH 8.2

No liverock (yet). I know this may not be an optimum set-up without liverock. I'm are getting impatient. I would've thought the ammonia would begin to decrease by now. Am I doing something wrong? Any thoughts/suggestions?


7 month old 100 gallon. Hopefully on my way to a great reef tank. A few small fish and a few small soft corals. T5 HO Lights and ro/di unit.
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Old 02-04-2006, 11:33 PM   #2
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IMO I think the lack of LR may be contributing to the longer cycle. Smaller area for the benifical bacteria to develop therefore the long it will take to cycle. One suggestion about the lighting is lower the running time or leave them off. With them on your diatom bloom is going to be a longer one. Having your lighting on during this phase serves no purpose except to look at an mt tank.HTH

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Old 02-05-2006, 03:58 PM   #3
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I agree, the lack of LR is not helping anything. If at all possible, I would attempt to add as much LR as you can right now.
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cycle, long

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