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Old 08-26-2013, 08:19 PM   #11
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Lights are not ok on when your tank is at a nutrient high. What are you lighting? Rocks? You are going to have some algae problems early on if you use anything other than ambient light during a cycle.
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lights are not ok on when your tank is at a nutrient high. What are you lighting? Rocks? You are going to have some algae problems early on if you use anything other than ambient light during a cycle.
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I am one week into my cycle and it looks like I am getting a major bloom is this normal ?
From my experience I used 2 raw shrimp as a ammonia source and let nature do its thing .
As the nitrogen cycle progressed algae did grow along with diatoms coving the sand .
I didn't change the water till after ammonia and nitrite tested 0
I also cheated to speed up the process and used a nitrifying bacteria called colony .
When nitrate was the only thing testing above 0 I did a 50% water change once a week till nitrate levels were as close to 0 as possible .
Add fish slow 1-2 fish every couple weeks
DON'T RUSH !
Be patient
Rushing gets expensive
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