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Old 10-15-2012, 08:19 PM   #211
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Did another water test today.

Ammonia 3ppm
Nitrite 5ppm
Nitrate 20ppm

I took the shrimp out of the pantyhose a few days ago and it's just floating around my tank now. Looks to be disintegrating. I'm contemplating removing it. I'm very eager to add my CUC but those nitrites are super dangerous.
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:03 PM   #212
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Don't take it out yet. Let it reach higher than 3 ppm ammonia. Yes a CUC is quite tempting, but not only are those nitrites high, so is your ammonia. The combo of those two will surely kill a CUC if you got one. Don't get tempted and waste your money and time!
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Old 10-16-2012, 12:43 AM   #213
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Once i get 4ppm ammonia should I remove it? I redid my aquascaping and added a piece of live rock I bought on Saturday. Opinions?
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:21 AM   #214
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Just leave it in. With a constant source of ammonia (rotting shrimp) you'll know the cycle is complete when the bacteria convert it faster than the shrimp can rot it out.
The rockwork looks better now. I don't recall, did you use any live rock, or is it all base rock?
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:38 AM   #215
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You can leave it, or if the smell has really gotten to you, you can take it out. If you take it out, you'll need to make sure to put some food or something in the tank every couple days so that the ammonia-eating bacteria that has grown doesn't starve.
The rock looks better, there are some hiding holes and such. The 3 rocks on the far left look all smushed together, though. I would create more crevices amongst those rocks. You're getting there!!
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:51 AM   #216
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It is all base rock except for the very top piece which I bought live on Saturday. It has some coralline purple stuff on it.
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:44 PM   #217
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Once the cycle is done should I do a water change before adding livestock? I assume my nitrates will be pretty high at that point. How far in advance of doing a water change should I prepare the water? And how long is it safe to leave it for? Let say I mix up some salt water and don't wind up using it for a month. Is it still okay to use? Should I keep it aerated with a power head or can I just put a lid on it and store it away? Ideally I'd like to mix up a big huge batch of saltwater and just store it until I need it. Thoughts?
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #218
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I believe most people do a water change right after cycling. I don't recall if I did or not. Can't hurt!
Generally, saltwater should be mixed a day or so in advance, as this gives time for the all the salt to fully dissolve, microbubbles to settle out, etc. This is to make sure you get an accurate reading of the specific gravity. I really have no idea whether or not salt water can be stored for that long, but I can't think of any logical reason why it would be a problem, so long as it is covered to avoid massive evaporative losses. Just make sure it is close to the tank temp before using it. If your tank has adequate surface agitation and aeration, I don't think you'd need to keep the water circulating for weeks on end while it is being stored.
Me personally, I find it easier to just go mix up 10-15 gallons at a time so I'm not storing a dozen buckets.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:12 PM   #219
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Yeah, your Trates will probably be pretty high after the cycle, so a PWC will probably be in order. I actually have no idea if you can store SW for a month. As previous poster said, if its covered so that dust and stuff can't get in it, seems like it would be ok. I usually mix up my SW a day or 2 ahead and throw a heater in, so I've never tried it.
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Alright so my ammonia is at 0. My nitrites are off the chart. Nitrates are 40. Getting there!!!
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