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Old 04-09-2011, 04:25 PM   #21
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i uploaded the pictures as an attachment so it works, they're in post #12. Don't want to repost too many times
Ok cool... I'll have a look.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:50 PM   #23
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Wait until you do a PWC to get the sand off your LR.
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How about some water test results. We can see where you are on your cycle.
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I am currently using a turkey blaster to blast bits of sand off until the water gets a bit cloudy, then wait for it to clear and start again.

Here is the water parameters from yesterday:

pH: 7.8~8.0
Ammonia: 1.0
Nitrate: .25
Nitrate: 20~40

Added 2 more shrimps after this test totaling 4 shrimps in tank

and today:

pH: 8.1
Ammonia: 5.0?
Nitrite: I can't tell, its pretty high
Nitrate: 80

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Should I take out the shrimps?
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Generally you don't want to take out the shrimps until the cycle is complete and you no longer have ammonia/nitrite showing on your tests... also I would wait to take them out until the night before or the morning before you buy your fish. I personally prefer to use the ammonia method because you can more acuratelly adjust the ammonia, like when your nitrites are off the scale you can cut back on your ammonia for a day or two till the nitrites get down and then add ammonia again.
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How high of a nitrite level before I should take the shrimps out for a day or two? Also is there any high danger levels I should be watching out for that might kill the bacteria on the LR like the nitrate?
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I would probably take the shrimp out and freeze them in a bag... wait for my numbers to come down and then put the shrimp back in... I would say you have way more ammonia production in there then you need.
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+1 to greenmaster unless you want a seriously strong cycle which will take longer but also allow you to add more fish in the end but its still not recommended to do so. Also nitrate is the last stage of the nitrogen cycle and will not affect ammonia or nitrite.
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You can still get a "strong cycle" but you would be best to get the nitrites in line first and then introduce more ammonia... or else you run the risk of having the nitrites too high so all the ammonia is gone out of the system long before the nitrites and you end up with an improper balance of bacteria. This is the reason I have switched to aqua ammonia dosing.
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