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Old 02-22-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Mid cycle screw up (i think)

So when I set up my main tank, I got all my equipment at once, protein skim, filter, heater, and lights. When I started I added my live rock my sand and water then got the filter working along with the protein skimmer. What I didn't know was that you aren't suppose to run the skimmer while cycling so I added a shrimp while my protein skimmer was running for what I thought was starting my cycle.

Well for a couple days, my skimmer was working well and was pulling out the crap. I was running my tests checking the ammonia it did go up to about mid green level so I thought all was working.

After the shrimp rotted away, my nitrates and nitrites are at zero while my ammonia is around .25 But I still have algae growing on my live rock.

Should I start the cycle over again without the skim running or should I unplug the skim (I did that) and let it finish?
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:10 AM   #2
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do you have an Ace hardware anywhere near you? pickup some janitorial strength ammonia & put about 2.5ml/10g of water that should bump you up to 3 ppm. if your tank eats that away in 24hr you're good to go

edit: the ammonia is like 3$.. well worth know if you're cycled or not
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:36 AM   #3
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Yeah I'll have to go get some! Thanks for the advice!
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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If you are cycling, there is no reason to run your skimmer. Filter media is another thing as it is another place for BB to grow.
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What happens if the ammonia doesn't go down?
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You have to wait some more.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:09 AM   #7
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Should I add another shrimp or would the ammonia added for the test to it
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Keep ammonia dosed to 4 ppm I believe
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So it's getting closer to the 24 hour mark the the ppm is at about 2 from the 5 it was last night. If it dies off a little after 24 hours is the tank cycled?
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Old 02-24-2012, 07:21 PM   #10
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No you have 0 ammonia 0 nitrites then your cycled.
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