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Old 10-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #181
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Keep it in. Want ammonia to reach at least 4 ppm.
Like she said, keep it in. As a general rule, the tank is considered completely cycled when you can have ammonia go from 4 to 0 in one day. So, some people will actually dose the tank to 4 ppm when they think it is done, and then see how fast it drops. I admit, I'm a bit lazy for that. I add a bunch of a rock, a piece of shrimp, and a bottle of bacteria, and see how it's doing a week later.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:24 PM   #182
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So once it's 4ppm should I remove it? I don't know if it already hit there and is coming down now seeing as how I have nitrites and nitrates.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:34 PM   #183
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Agreed, leave it in. Getting there!
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If it goes down more, then might want to take it out. Different stages of the bacteria develops at different times. You might see nitrite and nitrate before the ammonia has reached 0 (which is what's happening).
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I'd leave it in until either ammonia spikes AND drops to 0, or just until it's gone. Worms and pods in the live rock will eat it eventually. I never removed mine. I let the bugs and worms and whatnot eat it all.
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:15 AM   #186
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All the rock I added was dry. It was live at one point and covered in dry algae but had been sitting in an empty bucket in a friends basement for several months. So I guess it counts as base rock? Same with the live sand. I got it second hand and dry (though never used. It was someone's leftovers). So would there be die off on these things? And does that mean I won't have any hitchhikers? The dry algae is now submerged in my tank. Despite it being dead will my eventual CUC still clean it up?
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:21 PM   #187
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Bump. It's been about 3 days since I've checked the salinity or topped off. It measured at 1.025 3 days ago and today it was 1.031. Is it normal for it to rise that fast?
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Old 10-10-2012, 06:27 PM   #188
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Are you topping it off with water or saltwater? IMO, the salinity should not be jumping up unless the water is evaporating (which it will). Adding fresh water should dilute it a bit and bring it back down. Once you get salinity correct, it is just a matter of topping it off with fresh water(preferably RODI ). Water evaporates, salt stays in there.
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I'm topping off with freshwater. Should it be evaporating this fast?
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:14 PM   #190
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I'm topping off with freshwater. Should it be evaporating this fast?
My 55g evaporates 1/2g or so each day under mh
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