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Old 04-27-2005, 09:47 AM   #1
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Quick cycling question

Ammonia has been at zero for over a week. Meanwhile my nitrites were off the chart but three days ago dropped to .5. How close, in general, would anyone guess that I am to being fully cycled. This is my first saltwater tank so I'm just curious. Does it usually hold at a similiar low reading for a while or disappear after a few days?


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Old 04-27-2005, 11:45 AM   #2
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You should check for nitrates, too ... they'll start to climb.

You're very close, though .... after mine was at .5 it tooks another few days to get to untedectable.

30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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Old 04-27-2005, 02:54 PM   #3
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Thanks midiman...
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cycling, ick

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