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Old 11-14-2012, 12:24 PM   #1
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New tank ammonia

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I started out a saltwater tank 3 weeks ago with 50lbs dry rock + 10lbs live rock in a 77 gallon

Started cycle with a raw shrimp and few days later started the green algae + brown so anyways 2 days ago my readings were
Ph 8.2
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5

I waited an extra day and went to LFS to purchase CUC nothing big for now just 4 hermits and around 10 snails put them in yesterday none died but today took readings again and ammonia is 0.25 the rest at 0

Is it normal ammonia went up after adding CUC ?
Also is it ok if i left the raw shrimp in there to decompose or should i remove it ?


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Old 11-14-2012, 01:21 PM   #2
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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It sometimes takes a few hours to get a response in the mornings cause people are at work. I am no expert at this version of cycling but I would think that you should probably take it out?
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:03 PM   #4
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From what I've read you want to remove the shrimp since your using it as your source of ammonia. So when you had a new source ie your cuc that you need to feed you have a new source of ammonia. I am still new but that is the impression I am under
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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I'm thinking you may have had too small a shrimp for a 77 gal tank. After the cycle, your nitrates should be higher than 5 ppm. If so, be very careful adding more cuc. They don't add much to the bio load, but I would leave the shrimp in if only to keep the cycle going.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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I would add another shrimp or two. It doesnt matter if theyll be decaying. Itll help speed the cycle. Since youre collecting some nitrate, your cycle is coming along but your BB need to be fed more in order to be effective.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:11 AM   #7
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Sorry i guess my post wasnt clear my bad lol


What i meant was ... I was done cycling the tank the ammonia went up then back down to 0
and after 2 days in a row @ ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate between 0 and 5 i decided to add CUC

And then the very next day ammonia went up to 0.25 ?
Is adding the CUC supose to bring up ammonia ?
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:30 AM   #8
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Sorry but I did understand your question, I guess my answer was less than detailed.
After a proper cycle you should have more that just 5 ppm nitrate. That means you didn't cycle enough ammonia to build a strong enough BB colony.
Adding only a small cuc should not cause a mini cycle. Another sign you don't have enough BB.
Now I think you have 2 options. Remove the cuc to a QT and recycle the tank with a larger ammonia source so you increase the colonies of BB that are starting to establish themselves. It should be quicker as the 2 types if BB are already present.
Or if your amm go down to 0 right away, you could consider adding 1 fish and keeping a close eye on amm again. Slowly building up the population. But if the amm starts to go up you might need to QT it and do the first option anyhow. Your choice. Good luck
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Ok thanks alot for the help ill keep an eye on paramaters next few days... None of them died yet good sign so far
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:26 PM   #10
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Checked water again today ammonia 0.25 nitrite 0.25 and nitrate between 0 and 5... No clue whats going on water is super cloudy and none of CUC died but seems like another mini cycle starting
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