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Old 03-06-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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New to AA and Saltwater! Looking for some advice.

Hi All! I have been trolling this site for a few months now and after a ton of research here and other sites, I decided to finally start a FOWLR set up. I set up a 29 gallon tank with 30lbs of live rock last friday 3.1.09. I set up the tank in the morning and I tested the water that night.
3.1.09
PH: 8.0
Ammonia: .4
Nitrite:.2
Nitrate:10

On 3.3.09 I tested again
PH:8.0
Ammonia: .2
Nitrite:.2
Nitrate:10
I added a little flake food to see if I would get a ammonia spike.

Finally last night I tested again:
3.5.09
PH:8.0
Ammonia:.2
Nitrite:.2
Nitrate:10

So my levels pretty much have not changed. I am going to pick up a different test kit today and see if anything changes, if all is the same I will throw a raw shrimp in there and see if I get a spike in ammonia.
My question is, is this a good plan? If i dont see a big spke can I assume the tank is just about cycled and just wait till ammonia and nitrite drops to Zero?

I will aslo post some pictures soon!

Sorry for the long post.
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Old 03-06-2009, 12:59 PM   #2
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Good idea on the Shrimp.. Once those humbers hit ZERO you should be good to go!
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Welcome to AA. I think you are on the right track with the shrimp. I can't remember who said it but putting the shrimp in a plastic baggie with holes will help you remove it after the cycle.
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Yeah I read about plastic bag trick too. I will definitely do that.
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Sounds like a good plan to me! Welcome in from the lurking!
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Yeah I was hoping that if I stared at the tank full of rocks all day it would go faster but I guess not.
Yeah I do know that i need to wait a few weeks I was just curious about when I would start seeing the readings start to change.

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Great job so far! Looking at your test results, it looks as if the possible die-off from the LR is adding a slight ammonia source (thus the low readings), try the shrimp, I prefer 1 jumbo, raw unseasoned shrimp per 30G of water.
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Just Threw in One Raw shrimp! I will do another test tomorrow and see where we stand. I definitely want to be patient with this but I just was thinking that my cycle may be a bit quicker since I think I got some pretty good live rock. it was from an already established tank and was only out of water for the 15 minute ride from the LFS to my house. Figured die of would be minimal. But what do I know, Im still a Newb
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Ok so I just did a a water test:
3.8.09
PH: 8.0
Ammonia: .8
Nitrite: .4
Nitrate:10
Alk: 4.5

Looks like that Jumbo Shrimp did the trick! Had a major ammonia spike!
So now I guess its more waiting game.
Im guessing that it is ok to take the shrimp out now? Or should I leave it in another day or so?
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