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Old 12-24-2011, 12:46 AM   #11
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What kind of test kit are you using to test? Liquid or strips? The presence of coralline means nothing as far as your cycle goes. I had bright pink coralline while I just began a cycle once.

I too would think with 2 fish in such a small tank that you should see some ammonia. Though with 2 fish in the tank you will be doing a water change as soon as you see ammonia to keep the fish alive. Are you reading 0 nitrates as well? After a cycle you will have some nitrates from the initial conversion of ammonia to nitrites to the trates.
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I am using strips, Yes I am also reading zero on the nitrates. I am not sure if the strips are just garbage. Thanks for the reply
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:08 AM   #13
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my advice is get the api master test kit asap
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:17 AM   #14
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The strips are very unreliable. i also recommend getting an API liquid kit ASAP. You really really need to have accurate numbers especially with fish in the tank.
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There is no way you cycled over night...a week is unlikely as well to put in perspective. If you want to know if you are cycled, drop some pure ammonia in and see where your levels are at the next day.
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I'm just going to throw this out there. Depending on how big the tank is, if you used enough cured rock and the rock had a good bacteria population, you may not see a spike at all. Since you used two relatively small fish with small bioloads, they could be producing enough ammonia to feed the bacteria, but since there's little load, you may not see nitrates for awhile.
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Ok I will get the test hopefully tomorrow if anywhere is open. Im guessing I have about 15bs of cured rock that seem to have a good amount of bacteria(they have green algae all over and little hairs?) I also have two very small striped damsel's). I will upload a picture if that helps
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Maybe I missed it somewhere, how big is this tank? If you have algae than that means you'll have to have some sort of nutrient like nitrate. They could be consuming the nitrates which is maybe why you read zero across the board...
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I have a 20g. I do not know if this makes a difference but all of my sand has turned a dark brown? I am going to upload a picture
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