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Old 01-19-2012, 01:58 PM   #31
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I used some Bio-spira, and less than an hour later I had both nitrites and nitrates. I think it's "stalling" because I have the same exact readings for 5 days now.

As far as circulation goes...just my filter is running (sump w/ external pump)

I'm just going to hang in there...check every other day until my ammonia isn't showing (starting my tank with tap water as well and it naturally has an ammonia reading of around .25 and I have a shrimp buried in the sand)

Once I get cycled and have money, I'll buy a RODI unit to do my water changes. Also been leaving my lights off so I do not get an algae problem.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:03 PM   #32
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I'm not a fan of the cycle in a bottle things. Is your shrimp your ammonia source? I'd get it out of the sand and leave it in the water.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:15 PM   #33
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I'm not a fan of the cycle in a bottle things. Is your shrimp your ammonia source? I'd get it out of the sand and leave it in the water.
It's working the edges are sticking out...but since I manually stir up my water some times, I wanted it to stay put in the middle of the tank. I guess that would be another question. Is manually "stirring" my tank ok to do since I don't have great circulation yet? I will be getting power heads this weekend.
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:19 PM   #34
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Yeah you can stir it all you want, but the PHs will definitely do the trick better =)
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Old 01-19-2012, 02:22 PM   #35
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HA HA...yeah...I'm sure! Thank you for the input! If anyone else has any other tips/experice using Bio-spira, please let me know.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #36
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Ok, funny story...came home today my PH is up to 8.0 (I opened the top of my tank to allow for more air to the surface of the water, my nitrites and nitrates are half! My cycle is on it's way...
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:08 PM   #37
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Very nice! Won't be long now!
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:43 AM   #38
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Nitrites 0 Nitrates 40 and Ammonia 0 and I still have my shrimp in the tank. I think I'm cycled, one water change away from getting my first buddy. Anyone have any advice on the first thing I should put in my tank? I have no algae, so probably no algae eaters (left my lights off).
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Congratulations on finishing your cycle!! YAY!!!

Kinda depends on what you want to add. I would also wait on the clean up crew as you dont really have anything for them to eat.

What fish did you have in mind for stocking? maybe we can find one fish outta the list that would be a good first addition.
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Congrats on completing the cycle!

What about some kind of Clownfish (there are many kinds of Ocellaris that look really cool)? There are so many different kinds, you are sure to find one that you like!
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