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Old 08-03-2011, 09:15 PM   #11
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I'm so glad you waited to purchase fish at the fish store.
Is your test tube you are using absolutely clean? It might have a trace of ammonia in it.
If it turns out that you have ammonia in your water, I would call you water authority . . . that would definitely not be a good thing.
Also, you might ask Eco23 here at Aquarium Advice - he is brilliant when it comes to fishless cycling and loves to help people. He will think of things probably that none of us has come up with.
I did receive a false ammonia reading once and really cleaned the test tube well and then ammonia tested at 0.
I agree with you about the test strips.
But my best advice is to contact Eco23. He'll be able to diagnose your problem and help.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:23 PM   #12
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I only dosed once. I added 2 capfuls. The next night Ammonia was off the chart and I started to see Nitrite rise. Here is what the next 3 days looked like.

The first number is the starting point, second is after 19 hours and the third is after another 21 hours.

Temp 79, 79, 79
Salinity 1.0245, 1.0245, 1.0245
PH 7.8, 8, 7.8
Ammonia 8, .15, .10
Nitrite 50, 50, 2.0
Nitrite 10, 10, 10
Okay, cool, so the ammonia and nitrite did cycle through pretty quick. I'd still suggest adding in one more tsp and check your parameters again over the following 24 hours to see if your tank has indeed cycled then. It looks like you have a lot of live rock in your tank, so it may well be good to go
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:28 AM   #13
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Okay, cool, so the ammonia and nitrite did cycle through pretty quick. I'd still suggest adding in one more tsp and check your parameters again over the following 24 hours to see if your tank has indeed cycled then. It looks like you have a lot of live rock in your tank, so it may well be good to go
The LFS I got the rock from had fish in it as well. It took me about 1-1/2 to get home with it but it was wet and put in a Styrofoam cooler so I thin it was pretty well seeded.
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