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Old 09-03-2008, 10:15 PM   #11
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That sounds like a very good idea.
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Hey, if you don't mind Tank I am going to post this in here to avoid spaming the board with a similar question.

I started my tank up three weeks ago and I had an ammonia and a nitrite spike within the first week. Right now ammonia and and nitite are zero and nitrates are average. I started the cycle using 50lbs of LR in a 65gal tank, and while I have heard doing so can yeild an instant cycle I want to be sure before adding fish.

Will adding a shimp now to test hurt anything? I assume if my cycle is complete I won't see an ammonia spike since the bacteria will suck it up, and if not I know I didn't cycle. Does this make sense?
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I don't mind Patroklos I would love if everyone with similar question post here.... That way we can get as many questions answer and get a variety of different cycle experiences all packed into one Thread....

and By the Way I notice this morning as i have my Power head running my shrimp is gone... I take it, it has completely decomposed I have not checked reading yet but I will once I get out of work today.... I had my shrimp in a mesh bag( Panty Hose) and I only see just a slight bit of it? Is cycle already over? I hope not....
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I started my tank up three weeks ago and I had an ammonia and a nitrite spike within the first week. Right now ammonia and and nitite are zero and nitrates are average. I started the cycle using 50lbs of LR in a 65gal tank, and while I have heard doing so can yeild an instant cycle I want to be sure before adding fish.

Will adding a shimp now to test hurt anything? I assume if my cycle is complete I won't see an ammonia spike since the bacteria will suck it up, and if not I know I didn't cycle. Does this make sense?
If you saw an ammonia/nitrite spike, and they're both at zero now, then your cycle is complete and you're good to add a single fish. Adding a shrimp at this point won't hurt anything - all it will do is elevate your nitrates. But you shouldn't see any ammonia or nitrites.

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and By the Way I notice this morning as i have my Power head running my shrimp is gone... I take it, it has completely decomposed I have not checked reading yet but I will once I get out of work today.... I had my shrimp in a mesh bag( Panty Hose) and I only see just a slight bit of it? Is cycle already over? I hope not....
The cycle is over if the ammonia and nitrite test zero. The shrimp disintegrating doesn't have anything to do with it.
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Cool

I took a reading today and it looks like my ammonia went down and my PH level went down....

Ammonia 0.0PPM
Nitrate 0.0PPM
Nitrite 0.0PPM
PH 7.8
SG 1.023
Water Temp 79.5

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I`m thinking Tank it`s too early that would only be about a week. You didnt by any chance use already cured LR did you? You might not see much of a cycle. Was it already in a holding tank when you got it?
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Yeah it was already cured rock it was from an established Tank for 3 years.... The guys I got the LR from lived about 10 minutes away from my house and I probably got about 50LBs of LR from him already cured..... I might of did something wrong then..... My critters are doing OK and there running around all over the place I put in the Power head in last night and it looks like even more life kicked in because everything looks so happy...... Some of my LR is spotted white but looks like it all coming back to it natural state.....
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Oh and also my sand starting to turn little brown.....
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It sounds like your tank has completed the cycle. It is still a little strange that you are not seeing nitrAtes. Can you run some of your water to your LFS and get them to double check for you?
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