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Old 01-09-2011, 06:40 AM   #1
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My name is Josh Adams and I'm addicted to fish! After maintaining a 10g FW for the past 3 years, I've decided to take part in the coolest hobby on earth. My wonderful wife bought me a 54G Reef Ready corner bow front for Christmas, and I haven't stopped reading about SW since. I actually just got the tank up and running last night. 24 hours later, these were my levels:

pH: 8.2
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 20ppm

Does this mean I'm nearing the end of the cycle?

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If you set up the tank yesterday you haven't even started your cycle yet.
What is your substrate?
Do you have any base or live rock? How much?
You need a source of ammonia to start the cycle.

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Oh, as you are seeing nitrates in an unicycled tank, I'm going to assume you filled the tank with tap water.
Check your tap water for nitrates and phosphates.

You really want to get a RODI (reverse osmosis/deionized) filter for making all water to be used in the tank.

Some more reading for you.

Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank

How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro


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Welcome aboard. Moving this to the SW getting started forum. You`ll get more answers there.
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Old 01-09-2011, 03:55 PM   #5
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If you set up the tank yesterday you haven't even started your cycle yet.
What is your substrate?
Do you have any base or live rock? How much?
You need a source of ammonia to start the cycle.

Read the articles on this forum and check the links in signature.

The substrate is 60lbs of live sand. I also have 45 lbs of live rock and 15lbs of base rock. I inquired at my LFS about placing a raw shrimp to start the cycle, but was told it was not necessary due to the live sand/LR. Am I misinformed?
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if the live rock is uncured, you should see ammonia shortly. if not, you'll need to add ammonia, via something rotting like the shrimp.
btw, live sand in sealed bags is not really live. bacteria can't sit in a sealed bag and live for very long..it will use up whatever food source is in the bag and then die.
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