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Old 08-20-2012, 11:02 AM   #1
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mini cycle question

On Saturday we completed our 10 gal. to 45 gal. upgrade. It looks like we may be experiencing a cycle even with using the established LR from the 10 gallon tank. The ammonia tests 0.5 everything else tests fine. We have a pair of O. Clowns and snails in there. Should we do a water change? How much water?

test results:
ammonia: 0.5ppm
nitrite: 0
nitrate: 0
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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I don't want to loose our fish and snails and I'm pretty sure we should do a waterchange. How much should we start with? What should we watch for?
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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Should I use some ammo chips?
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #4
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Ammo and nitrites are very damaging on fish so you'll want to keep it as low as possible. Clowns are pretty hardy fish though so I personally don't think they will have a problem with it. The inverts though are very sensitive so try and keep below .25
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:40 AM   #5
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I wouldn't use any chemicals while your BB is re-establishing itself
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:55 AM   #6
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Thank you. I'll do a 10 gal. PWC and then check levels and go from there. Hopefully this won't last too long.
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Thank you. I'll do a 10 gal. PWC and then check levels and go from there. Hopefully this won't last too long.
please note that a 10g water change on a 45g will not drop the level much. a 50% water change will drop it down from .5 to .25. As stated I would keep it below .25ppm.

10-45g is a large change, so let your BB establish itself, so no chemicals that neutralize ammonia. also if you still have the 10g ever thought of setting up a QT tank for your clowns until the cycle is over? A QT tank is pretty easy and a 10g is perfect.
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We, honestly didn't think we'd have a cycling issue because of information that we've heard from others that have upgraded in the past.

Yes, we could use the 10 gal. for a QT, but wouldn't we just have more ammonia issues since now the filter and ive rock from that tank are in the 45gal.?
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Would a protein skimmer help with this issue?
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Would a protein skimmer help with this issue?
It would help control nitrates but will not do anything for this issue. Its a matter of your beneficial bacteria building back up. Basically your tank is just re cycling.
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