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Old 06-15-2006, 01:11 PM   #1
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Its me again... its been about 4-days With 4 Large Un-cooked Shrimp, my tank is stinking up the house with rotten fish smell, is that normal? also My Ammonia level has only climb to 1.0 the first day and has not going up in the last three days, just checked my nitrites and their up around .50, are they suppose to go up at the same time? and isn't the ammonia level suppose to hit 8.0?

pevoiusly my tank had been sitting 2 days with live rock in it and all the levels were 0... with a slight incline of the Nitrates which i later found out was my tap water.... am i screwing up something here? do i need to rip the tank down and start over?

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If you have a good bit of live rock in there, the ammonia level may not go sky high as the bacteria on the rock is taking care of it. The nitrites are going up so it sounds to me as if your cycle is progressing. Leave the shrimp in for a total of a week and then take it out if you want.
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That seems like a lot of shrimp. I never cyclled my tank w/shrimp, only LS/LR so I am not sure about the smell.
Do you have any decorations in your tank?
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no decorations.... so i may have to many shrimp in with my live rock huh? would that also cause the water to be cloudy???
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The smell is normal to have that much shrimp in. How big is the tank? Either way, if your nitrites have started to go up that is a good sign, they subdue pretty quickly. After that you should see a decline to zero. Give it a couple of days to make sure you don't start again and you will be a-ok!

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Tank is 75 gallon, will i see any alegea growth in the tank? but shouldn't the ammonia level go down before the nitrites go up? thats what i'm worried about... both seem to be going up at same time....

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calm down, your ok.....breathe deep.

We all get worried and think our tank is freaking out. Just be patient and let it do its thing. When everything is at 0, you are cool. You may wanna cut back some shrimp though.

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Are you running carbon in your filter? The cloudyness could be the PHs moving sand or if you just put in the sand, or simply particles in the water. Like MACATUA said, calm down and everything will be ok.
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no carbon.... using a refugium, live rubble rock in place of bio balls, and live sand with sand from a friends fish tank, and marco's....

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Did your friend ever medicate that tank with copper? If so, you will have problems with inverts. Just a little FYI.
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