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Old 09-04-2005, 06:55 PM   #1
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Started The Fishless Cycle ... What next?

We started our fishless cycle using shrimp from the local grocery store. We put the water in our tank (Instant Ocean and dechlorinated purified water), let that run for a few days with Live Sand. Then we added the shrimp.

They have almost completely decomposed now. What next?
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Old 09-04-2005, 07:14 PM   #2
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Sounds like it's time to test your water! What are your parameters? 8)
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Old 09-04-2005, 08:01 PM   #3
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I agree, you need to be testing the water. Won't know what's next til you can find out where your at in the cycle.
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Levels

The current (I don't know how accurate) levels are:

pH: Approx 8.4
Ammonia: 1.0
Nitrite: 5.0
Nitrate: 7.5

Specific Gravity: 1.021
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Are you using a liquid test kit? If so, they should be pretty accurate. Looks like your just about past the ammonia stage. Nitrites are a bit slower but, your getting there. Wait til the ammonia and nitrite readings are at 0, then do a good water change before adding fish and/or clean up critters.
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Yeah, we're using a liquid test kit. I don't know how old the chemicals are, so I don't know if that makes a difference.

Yay for almost being there!
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We've noticed a goldish-brown color starting to develop on the sand in our tank. Is this normal?
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I have a new tank that's just a few weeks old. I also have the rust colored algae on my sand. Everything I've read says that this is normal and should go away after adding the cleanup crew.
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Even after adding a cleanup crew it did not go away completely in my tank. Maybe if you add a large enough crew it would work that way? I noticed a big bloom about 1/4 of the way through my light cycle each day and it died down a bit about the last 1/4 of the light cycle. I left my cleanup crew the same size and after 2-3 weeks the algea went away on its own. I believe I have heard the term "burned out" to describe it. I am still unsure whether using regular tap water is what gave me the "brown cycle" or whether it also occurs when using Ro/Di water.
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The brown dusty covering is diatoms. These will burn themselves out as long as they aren't being "fed" by water impurities. They are part of the new tank cycle. It is one of those things that signifies being almost through the cycle so look at it as a good sign. How does your water test now?
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