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Old 01-15-2009, 04:47 PM   #1
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Ok so I have a 40 gallon saltwater that i put Damsels in last saturday. I bought about 6lbs of live figi rock which was very porous. The tank reading appears to be 0 ammonia and 0 nitrate with 10-20 nitrite. The tank also has an 8.0 ph(using buffer). Aside from that the gravel was reused from another tank which was full of ammonia. With the ammonia being so low could the cycle be finished?
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when did you start the tank?
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Ok so I have a 40 gallon saltwater that i put Damsels in last saturday. I bought about 6lbs of live figi rock which was very porous. The tank reading appears to be 0 ammonia and 0 nitrate with 10-20 nitrite. The tank also has an 8.0 ph(using buffer). Aside from that the gravel was reused from another tank which was full of ammonia. With the ammonia being so low could the cycle be finished?

I dont think it is cycled, but you did make the right decision.

Your tank will be ready to be enjoyed much quicker, than those who believe in the "fishless theory". You may catch alittle heat, alot of people are very against cycling with fish.
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To answer the question, no it isn't cycled because you are showing nitrItes.
Any chance you can get your LFS to double check your parameters?
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You may catch alittle heat, alot of people are very against cycling with fish.
Yes and we are against it for very good reasons. Every fish deserves to be treated humanely. If you read that article you`ll see why AMDPhenomX4
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This hobby is not for the "super quick" in my opinion. The whole thing about sw tanks is patience. Try and enjoy the process. Read and research. It's so much fun to watch your tank grow into something beautiful.
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This hobby is not for the "super quick" in my opinion. The whole thing about sw tanks is patience. Try and enjoy the process. Read and research. It's so much fun to watch your tank grow into something beautiful.
Well said, the closest hobby I can think of would be gardening...

So simular it is uncanny.
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Well said, the closest hobby I can think of would be gardening...

So simular it is uncanny.
Yep and cycling with fish would be like fertilizing with gas line antifreeze.


anyways. did i read correctly when you said 6lbs of live rock... can a 40 gallon tank even cycle with that little ammount of rock in it?

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A tank can cycle with 0 LR in it. The rock is simply 'home base' for the bacteria. If no rock they will just take up residence somewhere else. The key is having enough acceptable real estate. The addition of rock is one such neighborhood but by no means the only development in town.
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