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Old 01-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #11
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I dosed with Ace ammonia as well. Cycle took 3 and a half weeks. Dosed to 4ppm every other day. I used LS and 2lb of LR/gallon in my tank. Trites stalled a bit for a few days, but zeroed out after a bit.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:35 PM   #12
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Interesting. You have waaaay more LR than i do (% wise) and it took you 3+ weeks. I guess i shall give this another week or two to see if my trites get down
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #13
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My cycle lasted a little over a month and a half 220 lbs or base and not even 5 lbs of live rock. I used pool filter sand and yes it was fishless with pure ammo dosing.
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I'm in the same boat trites stuck high for awhile anyone know how to get the bacteria going that converts trites to trates?
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:38 PM   #15
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If u are cycling that high of grotesque is good stop dosing no pwc let everything smooth out to 0 then pwc and fish take your time don't rush
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:40 PM   #16
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Dang spell check on phone nitrites I ment lol
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Old 03-16-2012, 06:52 PM   #17
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Interesting. You have waaaay more LR than i do (% wise) and it took you 3+ weeks. I guess i shall give this another week or two to see if my trites get down
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Did they ever go down?
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:25 PM   #18
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My numbers are as such:

pH: 8.4
Ammonia: 3-4ppm
NitrItes:5.0
NitrAtes:20
Patience: 0

My wife and I have just done 4 wc's this evening of 3 of 10%, and 1 of 25%, to no avail. NitrItes are still 5.0ppm. My wife and I wonder why after so many wc's and nothing has gone down. My theory if you have a certain number of NitrItes, doing 1 wc would bring it to 1/2, and so forth. I am pulling my hair out! BTW-I bought my lr from my local Petco store. They were very nice and professional, though they do not have much saltwater livestock. Could they have sold me base rock instead of lr? They sold me rock that they said was 1 or more years underwater in their sw tanks. They even said they would give it to me at 50% off, so I agreed and bought them. How do I check to see if my lr is truly live rock, or is there a fool-proof way to tell? How do I know and trust anyone if there is no real way to tell, if that's the case at all?

P.S. My ammonia goes to zero in less than 4 hours flat!
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:56 AM   #19
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Here's my progress so far as of 0730 hrs on 03/23/2012

pH: 7.8
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: 2.0ppm
Nitrates: 160ppm
Gravity/Salinity: 1.024

Finally some progress!
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Looks like you are coming along but, have you had a trusted LFS test your water? Might be the kit you are using is incorrect or you may not be completing the test correctly. If it were me, I would take a large sample, test it myself and then have an LFS test the same sample. Then you have something to compare too.
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