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Old 02-12-2008, 06:27 PM   #1
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Ok here is my first question

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As posted before, this is my first try @ salt. I have a few questions I'm sure you have heard a million times, but please bare with me. My info is as follows.
  • 45 gallon with 60 lbs LS and 55 lbs uncured LR
  • Marineland Biowheel 350
  • Marineland 1140 300GPH powerhead
  • Whisper heater
My tank has been running for 4 days now, and here are the test results as of this afternoon.
  • PH = 7.8
  • Ammo = .50
  • Trite = 1.0
  • Trate = 20 PPM
  • SG = .020 @ 78 F
Here is the question. I know my PH is a tad low, but the Ammo and Trites have remained the same. No rise or "spike" yet that I can tell. The Trates showed up today. Is my tank in fact "cycling"? What should I do to maintain my PH? I have been testing everyday, and would have thought I would see a change by now. I am using API saltwater master test kit. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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Those #'s look more like the end of a cycle, not the 4th day. Regardless, you will be done cycling when ammonia is 0. You're SG is on the low side too. 1.023 - 1.026 is recommended. I wouldn't worry about pH during cycling, but do you have a lid on the tank?
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:56 PM   #3
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No lid on the tank. I know one will raise my PH, but wouldn't that affect my oxygenation? It seems like a catch 22. I know the SG is also a bit low, but I was going to wait for a water change before raising it. Would that be acceptable? Thanks for the advice.
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:10 PM   #4
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1.020 is fiine for a FO or FOWLR tank, but I would still bump up the SG a tad. The tank is still cycling so no big deal to mix a gallon up to 1.035 and use that for top off water.

I would expect the ammonia to spike much higher in the next day or two. If it doesn't then you should add a raw shrimp to kick start the cycle.
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I agree. Dont worry about PH during the cycle. Here is a good article as to what to expect.

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Old 02-12-2008, 08:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for putting up with the newbie questions you guys! I just want to be sure I do it right the first time. Thanks again!

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Sounds like you are off to a ggod start. Keep an eye on water paramters and once NH3 and NO2 spike and fall to zero, you will notice a large spike in NO3. At this time do a sizable (50%) water change and test agian in a couple of days. If all is well you are cycled and can start to SLOWLY add livestock.
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