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Old 04-02-2013, 06:32 PM   #61
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Nice I'd get a black background on the tank and add some more rock. But this time wait till the cycle is over so maybe you can get some free bees
So there is 1 Molly floating around that is partially decomposed .
And 2 shrimp .
How high should I let the level get before I remove them ?
Or is it natural to leave what bacteria growing to consume the fish and shrimp ?
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So there is 1 Molly floating around that is partially decomposed .
And 2 shrimp .
How high should I let the level get before I remove them ?
Or is it natural to leave what bacteria growing to consume the fish and shrimp ?
When it gets close to 4ppm you'll want to take them out. I would put them in a bag and take them outside because they normally stick bad. When it starts to drop around 1 add new shrimp.
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When it gets close to 4ppm you'll want to take them out. I would put them in a bag and take them outside because they normally stick bad. When it starts to drop around 1 add new shrimp.
4 ppm ?
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When it gets close to 4ppm you'll want to take them out. I would put them in a bag and take them outside because they normally stick bad. When it starts to drop around 1 add new shrimp.
Just checked levels .
Ammonia : 3 ppm
Nitrate 80ppm
Nitrite : 0
Ph : 8.5
Is this cycle further along then I thought ?
I'm wondering if nitrifying bacteria added is effecting the natural cycle ?
What would you recommend ?
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Just checked levels .
Ammonia : 3 ppm
Nitrate 80ppm
Nitrite : 0
Ph : 8.5
Is this cycle further along then I thought ?
I'm wondering if nitrifying bacteria added is effecting the natural cycle ?
What would you recommend ?
Thanks again Andy
It looks like it going along good so I'd say that bacteria is working for you. If it can take the ammonia down to 0 and you only show nitrate in a 24 hour period. Then you should be good to go.
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It looks like it going along good so I'd say that bacteria is working for you. If it can take the ammonia down to 0 and you only show nitrate in a 24 hour period. Then you should be good to go.
As long as the shrimps are in there decomposing and the coral is still dying off should I leave it or remove the shrimp ?
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As long as the shrimps are in there decomposing and the coral is still dying off should I leave it or remove the shrimp ?
Leave it and test again sometime today. That way we know where your at.
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Leave it and test again sometime today. That way we know where your at.
I did remove the shrimp before I went to work this morning at 5:30 .
Almost 12 hours later
Ammonia : .5 ppm
Nitrate : 40 ppm
Nitrite : 0
PH : 8.0
This is the confusing part though .
The instruction for the ammonia strips say
1) dip in aquarium for 5 seconds .
2) remove and hold strip level for 60 seconds pad up .
3) do not shake
4) compare to chart .
If I read it after 60 seconds it now reads .5
And the longer you wait it get darker meaning higher ammonia .
What is actually right ?
Is the high nitrate a good sign at this time of the cycle or should I throw shrimp in again?
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I did remove the shrimp before I went to work this morning at 5:30 .
Almost 12 hours later
Ammonia : .5 ppm
Nitrate : 40 ppm
Nitrite : 0
PH : 8.0
This is the confusing part though .
The instruction for the ammonia strips say
1) dip in aquarium for 5 seconds .
2) remove and hold strip level for 60 seconds pad up .
3) do not shake
4) compare to chart .
If I read it after 60 seconds it now reads .5
And the longer you wait it get darker meaning higher ammonia .
What is actually right ?
Is the high nitrate a good sign at this time of the cycle or should I throw shrimp in again?
It looks to me like your almost done. Nitrates don't make a difference what we are looking at is ammonia and nitrite. Add the shrimp back in and do yourself a favor and get a liquid test kit like the Api. Those strips are junk it's it's only going to make things harder to read.

Any kit you buy you'll have to wait for however long it says then that's the color. As it sits out it will keep getting different colors.
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