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Old 08-02-2014, 10:01 PM   #11
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Nitrate levels from what I gather will depend on what kinda tank your looking for.


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Mid fishless cycle, no sign of nitrites.

As far as ammonia goes most use a cocktail shrimp and just place it in the tank and wait for it to decay for the ammonia to spike.

Every tank is different though for the cycle to be complete.

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If you really want to know, sniperhank already gave you the answer. Get ammonia, dose it up to about 4 ppm and see how long it takes to be broken down. If it clears it up within 24 hours, you are good to go.
When you are ready to start adding fish, I would suggest a big water change, 75%, to bring the nitrates down first.
from then on it will be a matter of stocking, feeding and filtration to keep it in check.
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If you really want to know, sniperhank already gave you the answer. Get ammonia, dose it up to about 4 ppm and see how long it takes to be broken down. If it clears it up within 24 hours, you are good to go.
When you are ready to start adding fish, I would suggest a big water change, 75%, to bring the nitrates down first.
from then on it will be a matter of stocking, feeding and filtration to keep it in check.

I don't have strait ammonia . Can I use a pinch of fish food for a similar experiment?


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Anything that will decay will work, but if you use fish food it will require a ton to get what you are looking for and crank your phosphates through the roof.
Go to the grocery store and get an uncooked cocktail shrimp. Toss it in some panty hose, to keep things from getting messy, and tie it off. Toss it inside and you're cycling.


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Anything that will decay will work, but if you use fish food it will require a ton to get what you are looking for and crank your phosphates through the roof.
Go to the grocery store and get an uncooked cocktail shrimp. Toss it in some panty hose, to keep things from getting messy, and tie it off. Toss it inside and you're cycling.


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Already did that once, first one is totally dissolved now.


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So you've already cycled.


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So you've already cycled.


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10 4. Diatoms just showed up about 3 hours ago in force, majority of rocks are now covered in orange. Could have been since I switched the powerhead to airate the water instead of blowing on the rocks.

I'm going to grab 2-3 snails and 1 shrimp next weekend, then the first fish a couple weeks after that.


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If you have to choose between movement of water on the surface and around in the tank, you need another powerhead.
The orange is cyanobacteria, which points out a nutrient issue in the water column. It thrives in low flow areas.
Since you just finished cycling, you would be able to add a fish depending on what your parameters currently say...but most likely a large water change and you are good to go.
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Another powerhead is already on order, definitely want that before fish come in. When you say a nutrient issue, should I be adding something to the tank? Using instant ocean with rodi water and other than live rock a shrimp and some fish food haven't really added anything....


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