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Old 07-23-2013, 06:07 PM   #11
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I've been dosing 1ppm of ammonia almost everyday. I thought the tank was cycled so I added a few corals but I guess it wasn't since the next day there was an ammonia spike. Finally now the levels are steady and I'm acclimating everything to go in the 50. The second pic are the levels of the temporary styrofoam tank. Yikes!
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:16 AM   #12
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Well, today was not so good as I found my helfrichi firefish dead . Bad day when a $100 fish dies. The blenny is still okay, but looks stressed still from the move.

I have a huge problem being that even though I was cycling my tank for 3 weeks (adding 1 ppm ammonia & using old sponges from my established tanks), the readings seem to be at:

Ammonia: .25 (yikes! How are things still alive? I'll get my water tested at a store to make sure)
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 10
pH: 8.1
salinity: 1.030 (high I know, but working on it)

The ammonia is the main concern so I've bought some nitrifying bacteria. Better than doing nothing and letting things die.

If there is anything else I can do to get rid of ammonia or cycle the tank faster other than what I'm doing, I'd love to know! Thanks.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:27 PM   #13
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Got some awesome buys yesterday. A red and orange sponge and a sea pen. The sea pen moves sometimes which is really cool to watch. Going to fix the aquascape and placement of the corals, but here's how it looks now. Also ordered macroalgae.

Anyone have suggestions/references for green, yellow, or fancy marine plants?
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:06 AM   #14
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Don't know how I forgot to sub to this. Lookin good. I'm looking to add some sort of red macro to my tank as well.
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Just so you know you should add more like 20ppm a day of ammonia to cycle. 1ppm is going to keep you a very very weak colony of bacteria.
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Don't know how I forgot to sub to this. Lookin good. I'm looking to add some sort of red macro to my tank as well.
Appreciate the feedback. Dragons breath is my favorite, but can't find it in stock at my LFS. My problem will be too much red lol.
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Just so you know you should add more like 20ppm a day of ammonia to cycle. 1ppm is going to keep you a very very weak colony of bacteria.
I've never heard of adding 20 ppm ammonia. On the bottle it says not to exceed 5 ppm. I've always read 4 ppm makes a strong cycle. I should have added 4 ppm, but I instead added only 1 ppm a few times to check if it was cycled. The parameters are all good now, but it's pretty dangerous if something dies. I agree with you that it has a very weak bacteria colony so thats why I ordered nitrifying bacteria. Don't know if it will solve the problem, but I'm sure it will help.
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I've never heard of adding 20 ppm ammonia. On the bottle it says not to exceed 5 ppm. I've always read 4 ppm makes a strong cycle. I should have added 4 ppm, but I instead added only 1 ppm a few times to check if it was cycled. The parameters are all good now, but it's pretty dangerous if something dies. I agree with you that it has a very weak bacteria colony so thats why I ordered nitrifying bacteria. Don't know if it will solve the problem, but I'm sure it will help.
Yeah, I've never heard of 20. That's quite excessive... Haha
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I've always cycled with 20 ppm haha. Never seemed to cause any issues and I've always had a extreme colony of nitrifying bacteria. I tend to go a bit over the top most of the time though sooo...
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I've always cycled with 20 ppm haha. Never seemed to cause any issues and I've always had a extreme colony of nitrifying bacteria. I tend to go a bit over the top most of the time though sooo...
Of course you can cycle with that much pure ammonia. But I think once you stop dosing and add stock, only enough BB that can be fed by the waste from your stock will be sustained. I guess you could do that so you can add more stock right off the bat, but then I'm sure it takes way longer to cycle and build that much BB.
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