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Old 08-13-2013, 09:53 AM   #21
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This is my reading from this morning. The ammonia looks like it is up but it is zero and ph look a like its a higher then it is it's just the pic

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What do you guys think??
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:55 AM   #22
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either add a raw shrimp or dose with pure ammonia (like this, from Ace hardware, about $3 a bottle:
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:06 AM   #23
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either add a raw shrimp or dose with pure ammonia (like this, from Ace hardware, about $3 a bottle:
I already had my ammonia spike in the first week. At the ammonia started dropping my nitrites went up Then the nitrates started going up. I used dead live rock for my ammonia source. I should be pretty close to the end of my cycle.
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if your BB don't have a constant food source, though, it could cause it to stall. you want to keep the ammonia in the system until the nitrites zero out and nitrates climb. at that point, you can dose daily with ammonia and everything (except 'trAtes) should be zero within 12-24 hrs, and then you're done.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:30 AM   #25
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Waiting is the hardest part! Your tank isn't ready yet. When those trites are zero, your test water will be unmistakeably blue as that top square on the chart. Then you will need to do a major water change. Hang in there!
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My tank cycled in about 3 weeks, then I kept dosing ammonia daily for another 6 (mainly due to life getting in the way of actually starting to add stuff).

I did a 100% water change to get all the accumulated nitrates out of the water, and as of my last water change on Sunday (the tank has been "officially" running since June 8), everything is zero, and nitrates are at 5ppm and haven't budged.
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My tank cycled in about 3 weeks, then I kept dosing ammonia daily for another 6 (mainly due to life getting in the way of actually starting to add stuff).

I did a 100% water change to get all the accumulated nitrates out of the water, and as of my last water change on Sunday (the tank has been "officially" running since June 8), everything is zero, and nitrates are at 5ppm and haven't budged.
There are small small crabs in there is it ok to use ammonia.
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There are small small crabs in there is it ok to use ammonia.
Not if you have livestock in there
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:50 PM   #29
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+1 for the raw shrimp. I used this method to cycle my tank and it took about 3 weeks.
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:23 PM   #30
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I also read online that as long as there is no ammonia in the tank the rites and rates will not harm your fish. It's not like freshwater. Here is the article. http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2005-06/rhf/index.php
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