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Old 08-14-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to this forum as a poster, but have read a ton as I embarked on my new saltwater tank. Here is where we are at:

4 weeks in to a New Tank Cycle
No fish, 5 snails, 3 crabs (cleanup crew)

PH 7.8
Ammonia 4.0 ppm
Nitrite 1.0 ppm
Nitrate 80 ppm

Is this where I am suppose to be? Things going okay? I know I am not a patient person, but I also want to make sure I am doing this right.

Just got done with a 30% water change this weekend.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:04 PM   #2
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Are those test results before or after a PWC? Are you dosing to 4 ppm on the ammonia? Really high nitrAtes can stall a cycle you might want to change about half of your water Test water and watch for a spike in trites Ammo seems high after 4 weeks IMO
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PWC was on Saturday, these are Monday night readings.

Should I test right after the water change? (would that not simply test the water I just put in)
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sounds like your trAtes were very high and may have stalled the cycle Do a PWC maybe 50% then test after 24 hrs dont dose ammo then test again in 3 days
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Yep I agree with grizz, your ammo seems high that you are in you wk 4 now. It should have cme down in between wk 2-wk 3.
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Thank you both.

I tested again tonight:

PH 7.8
Ammonia 4.0 ppm
Nitrite 2.0 ppm
Nitrate 50 ppm (a littler darker than the 40, but no near the 80 tonight)

I am going to do suggested water change, and test again thurs night.

Will let you know.
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Thank you both.

I tested again tonight:

PH 7.8
Ammonia 4.0 ppm
Nitrite 2.0 ppm
Nitrate 50 ppm (a littler darker than the 40, but no near the 80 tonight)

I am going to do suggested water change, and test again thurs night.

Will let you know.
What is your source water ? Ro? Ammonia does seem high after 4 weeks
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Source Water is LFS Catalina Saltwater.
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How are you cycling? Id stop water changes as well. No reason to burn money during your cycle.
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Old 08-15-2012, 04:58 PM   #10
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Confused now...

So I should not be changing the water?

I am cycling with snails and crabs. No dosing, no nothing.
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