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Old 06-22-2012, 03:01 PM   #11
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What ammonia source are you using? Did you see Ammonia or Nitrites spike at all?
I used live rock. Ammonia did spike the day after setup. Nitrite spiked around the same time but have been slowly rising for the las couple of days.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #12
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I don't think the die off from the live rock is going to be enough ammonia to get your cycle going. If it starts to stall you'll most likely need to add a raw shrimp or dose with pure ammonia.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:21 PM   #13
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I don't think the die off from the live rock is going to be enough ammonia to get your cycle going. If it starts to stall you'll most likely need to add a raw shrimp or dose with pure ammonia.
Ok thanks for the advice. I let it go a couple of days if my nitrites don't decrease ill add some shrimp.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:03 PM   #14
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I prefer the ammonia route. Mostly because you can add a precise amount and know exactly what your cycle is doing. Also no rotting flesh in the tank to remove.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:09 PM   #15
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I prefer the ammonia route. Mostly because you can add a precise amount and know exactly what your cycle is doing. Also no rotting flesh in the tank to remove.
How much do you dose? I have a 28 gallon tank.
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I did it with a 75 gallon and it only took a capful to get to 4ppm. You may want to start with drops.
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After doing a shrimp and a pure ammonia, for my 36 and 55 respectively, I like the shrimp route better. I overdosed my 55 with ammonia which caused a longer cycle and a living room that smelled like ammonia for a couple days. They say the shrimp will stink...but I never noticed it like I did the pure ammonia. Reminded me of when I was house training my puppy.

But the above stated is correct, the die off form lr isn't enough to get your cycle going long enough for it to complete.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:09 AM   #18
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How much do you dose? I have a 28 gallon tank.
I'd start with drops at a time. A little goes a long way.

It doesn't smell like ammonia unless you overdose
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:24 PM   #19
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Update on cycle.

I've been adding some flake food for the past 48 hours and seems that was enough to push my fishless cycle through the finish line. Everything test perfect.

I'm going to give it a couple of more days just to be sure.

What do you guys think clean up crew of can I add fish first?



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I would redose your ammonia (more fish food) to a higher level and see if the ammonia and nitrites are broken down to nitrate in 24 hours.
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