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Old 08-26-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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One week into my cycle question

I am one week into my cycle and it looks like I am getting a major bloom is this normal ?

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you should get a few more as well. Blooms of different colors. One time through the cycle is the major change, but as livestock changes, smaller blooms of different types take place from my experience. They die off though unless they are constantly fed.
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Should I just wait it out? Cut back on lights ? Any pointers would help!
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No fish, ride it out. What is your source of ammonia? Lights at about 9-10 hours seems to work well.
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Sorry what do you mean by source of

Ammonia ? I am new to this ... I have cut the lights down to 8 hrs a day
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Sorry what do you mean by source of

Ammonia ? I am new to this ... I have cut the lights down to 8 hrs a day
During cycle lights should be off at all times. Also what water are you using rodi?
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I use rodi. Well the tank doesn't cycle without an ammonia source. Put ammonia from a hardware store. Or the easier. Dead uncooked shrimp in a stocking for easy removal upon completion.
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Lights are fine on, especially 8 hours a day, but less is okay too during the cycle.
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That green algae will continue to grow once that light is on during cycle you do not need light while tank is cycling. What is the reason for lights on during cycle?
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Yes I am using ro water
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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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