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Old 04-30-2011, 03:08 PM   #41
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Some people say it doesn't matter if you run the skimmer or not, I'm in the other camp. I just can't see how removing proteins which become ammmonia nitrite and nitrate will help the process at all. I would shut it off and if your ammonia doesnt go up from that tomorrow add some shrimp or dose. If you want to dose Ill send you the equation to find out how much to use

it doesn't remove protiens, the skimmer removes desolved organics which i na way will be needed for you to cycle quickly because they will eventually start to decompose and turn into an ammonia source .


i'm currently cycling soem Lace rock in a buck in my basement. it has some sort of moldy fungusy moss type stuff on it so i'm using that as my ammonia source. its still currently in the depompsing stage and in the week its been cycling for it developed a nice stink to the water and i'm getting 1ppm of ammonia, not nitrites yet
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Today's test:
Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 5

I've been all over town but no pure ammonia anywhere. Part of me thinks we may have only had a mini cycle since I brought part from established tanks and part from totes with powerhead, heater, and old filter media.
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That would be my first guess as well. It happened in 2 of my 3 tanks. I always like to err on the side of caution though. lol

Do you have an ace hardware store? Thats where I got mine from. or any other hardware type store? It's janitorial grade.
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you wouldnt have nitrates if you didnt have ammonia converting to nitrites
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you can get cleaning ammonia from your local grocery store, and possibly homedepot also.
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cleaning ammonia is a no no. nothing can be added to the ammonia.

The nitrates came from her live rock die off, small as it was.
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wouldnt the die off have created ammonia as well?
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So do we think we are cycled here or no?

We don't have ace or true value here. We have lowes and everything they had has surfactant in it. Same with grocery. Well they had one with no surfactant but had perfume.
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just drop a shrimp from the grocery store in there that will create ammonia
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Then she has to wait days or weeks to be sure.
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